‘My mum’s a legend’ - 7 awesome messages left on school’s gratitude tree

Copleston High School in Ipswich has set up a gratitude tree in the school reception. Left to right,

Copleston High School in Ipswich has set up a gratitude tree in the school reception. Left to right, classroom teaching assistant Carly Clarkson, wellbeing consultant Kelley Osman and sixth-form students Nell Doubledee, 18, and Basma Mohamed, 17. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

It is often said that the two most powerful words in the English language are “thank you”. So this Christmas tree with a difference, where young people can say thanks to someone special, is certainly leaving a “lovely glow” across Ipswich’s Copleston High School.

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Kelley Osman, wellbeing consultant at the Gippeswyk Community Educational Trust school, wanted to do something in the run-up to the festive season to reinforce the academy's values of kindness.

Consulting with her friend Dr Hazel Harrison, a fellow clinical child psychologist who also works in schools, she decided to set up a gratitude tree in Copleston's reception.

Rather than hang decorations from the tree generously donated for free by Claire Muckleston at Bourne Garden Centre in Ipswich, youngsters are encouraged to hang messages of thanks to someone who has helped them or has just been there to lend an ear.

Even though the tree has been there less than a week, the result is a display perhaps far more sparkling than any tinsel or shiny baubles - thanks to the heartwarming messages left by students.

Basma Mohamed, left, and Nell Doubledee look at the messages on Copleston High School's gratitude tr

Basma Mohamed, left, and Nell Doubledee look at the messages on Copleston High School's gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant


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They include:

? "I am thankful for how hard my mum works to provide for my family. She's a legend."

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? "I am thankful for my family, my dogs and my friends. Also to live in a nice home."

? "Thankful that the climate emergency is being talked about."

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

? "I am thankful for my parents providing for me."

? "I am thankful for my family and friends being supportive of me."

? "I am grateful for a loving family and wonderful friends."

? "Thank you to the friends and family members who have supported me."

The Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH

The Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Miss Osman said the young people at Copleston have "absolutely loved it" and that people had felt "overwhelmed" when reading the messages.

She added: "Coming up to Christmas, we felt it was really important that we focus on gratitude.

"It is scientifically proven that the act of saying 'thank you' makes you feel better.

"Young people are under incredible pressures at the moment. This has given us the opportunity to reflect and say 'thank you' for all sorts of things."

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

She added that reading the messages "gives you that lovely glow".

Copleston High School principal Andy Green said: "It makes you realise there are some wonderful young people who are very kind and caring towards others."

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW

Many heartfelt messages have been left on the Copleston High School gratitude tree. Picture: ANDREW PAPWORTH - Credit: Archant

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