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Duchess Kate surprises schoolchildren in a virtual assembly

Duchess Kate surprises schoolchildren in a virtual assembly

The Duchess of Cambridge has surprised young students across the United Kingdom by popping in virtually to lead their online assembly.

The Duchess spoke with students from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool as part of the special assembly for Oak National Academy, an online classroom founded in response to the coronavirus lockdown. The site has delivered more than 12 million lessons to young people.

In the speech, which was pre-recorded from Anmer Hall, Kate discussed the importance of kindness and being nice to others amid the pandemic.

“Being unable to see your friends or spend time with your family will undoubtedly be frustrating for you, just as it is for them. It’s been a really difficult time for us all,” she said.

“But it’s important to know that these feelings and frustrations are totally normal, and that they won’t last forever.”

She encouraged the students to talk to “a friend, family member or teacher” to help them manage their feelings.

“You can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need. Small acts of kindness can go such a long way.”

She also asked the students what kindness meant to them, with the answers ranging from “sharing” to “[treating] people how you want to be treated”.

Matt Hood, principal at Oak National Academy thanked the Duchess for her virtual appearance.

“We’re thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge was able to lead this week’s assembly on acts of kindness. Being kind and considerate is a vital lesson for children at any time, but especially so in the current pandemic,” he said.

“We must encourage young people to talk about their feelings and to know that it’s normal to feel a bit anxious or upset right now.”