KIDS at a Barnsley school have been taking part in a ‘Festival of Kindness’ – a series of virtual events and activities focusing on mental health and wellbeing.

The festival, inspired by mental health awareness week, was held at Highgate Primary Academy in Goldthorpe and saw pupils make bracelets, bake cakes and create cards for their friends who they couldn’t see in person.

Others who have been at home have sent in pictures of themselves helping out with chores like washing up after dinner, cleaning and doing the washing.

Jo Temperton, principal at Highgate, run by the Astrea Academy Trust, said: “Astrea's Festival of Kindness has encouraged and enabled our whole school community to pause, reflect and share our appreciation for others. No matter how small an act of kindness is, the impact can be positively overwhelming.”

Benedick Ashmore-Short, interim chief executive of Astrea Academy Trust, added: “In these unprecedented times adjusting to a different way of living and working can be challenging and frustrating, everyone is trying balance to their own unique and very personal circumstances.

“This can be overwhelming, lonely, and isolating, especially when we can’t see our friends, family, teachers and colleagues.

“That’s why it’s vital that we continue to support Highgate Academy and its community in a mindful and sensitive way.

“The Astrea Festival of Kindness will bring this support to the fore, in a fantastic week of raising awareness for such an important matter.”