Anti-bullying week is a global event, held annually in the third week in November, which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children in schools, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
The theme of anti-bullying week this year was ‘make a noise about bullying’, and we set the objective of empowering our kids to stand up against all forms of bullying, whilst raising positive messages within our school community.
The week kicked off with ‘odd socks day’ on Monday, November 13. It was a fun event in which adults and children wore their wackiest and mismatching socks to celebrate the fact that everyone is different and that’s part of what makes us great!
We continued with a range of engaging activities and insightful assemblies. We discussed what bullying means to our children, how teasing can turn into something more hurtful, and what can be done to stop bullying. Children were reminded that if they need to speak to someone if they are feeling sad or concerned, their friends and teachers are on hand to listen to their concerns. Our teachers reinforced this message by making a poster where they all had their hands to their ears to show that any child can talk to any member of staff about their problems and we’ll all be there to listen when they “shout”.
A highlight of the week was an activity called the positivity chain. We asked every child, from Year 2 all the way to Year 9, to write 3 things: a compliment about someone else in the school, something nice about themselves, and some general advice on how to foster good friendships and relationships. We then took these messages and stapled them together to make a long chain crammed with beautiful, positive messages. The chain will remain hung up in the school to show the world what a strong, connected and positive community we are!
During anti-bullying week, we were delighted to engage in activities that fully align with our school’s ethos of kindness and friendship, and together, we will continue to create a culture of goodwill and compassion. Thank you to our wonderful children for being a part of our journey!