In case you missed it, the royally adorable Prince George just started school. And of course, he looked cute as ever in his tiny uniform, as he was escorted to class by his doting dad Prince William. We can't imagine that the cutie-pie will struggle making friends there, but if the school has its way, he will not have a best friend. Wait, what?
As it turns out, the elite school Prince George is attending, Thomas's school in Battersea, London, actually has a policy that discourages all its pupils from making a best friend while they're there. The rule may seem a bit confusing, especially to those of us who made some of our nearest and dearest friends when we first started school. But when we heard the reason behind this policy, it actually made a lot of sense.
Jane Moore, a woman who lives nearby the school and has friends with kids who attend, spoke on a Loose Women panel about how the strange-sounding rule is inspired by kindness, interestingly enough.
"There are signs everywhere saying 'be kind' — that's the ethos of the school," Moore said. "They don't encourage you to have best friends."
And the idea behind it is that they don't want any of the children in class to feel left out. In fact, they feel so strongly about this that they made an additional policy regarding friendship outside of the school's walls.
"There's a policy that if your child is having a party — unless every child is invited — you don't give out the invites in class," Moore said. "I think [it] is quite a good thing as you don't feel excluded."
Huh, how interesting! We never would have thought of that before. Either way, we're just relieved to hear Prince George won't be missing out on any fun — to the contrary, it seems like he'll have a lot!
h/t Country Living