Jo Brighouse

You can always depend on the kindness of teachers

Sometimes the school is the only place some children will encounter a caring heart

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My daughter came home from school looking very glum today. She wanted to be a school councillor but had lost out in the class vote.

As I rummaged for chocolate biscuits to assuage the sad truth that democracy doesn’t always go your way, she told me about the election: “First we had to write a letter, then we all got to stand up in front of the class and tell them why we would be a good school councillor.”

“And what did you say?” I asked.

“Oh, you know, I’ve got lots of good ideas and a caring heart and I’m kind,” she said.

I love my daughter’s school. They really do teach the children that ...

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