This year the theme for Anti-Bullying Week was ‘Change starts with us’.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance outlined the theme’s aims as follows:
Small change. Big difference.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.
The goal was to get everyone thinking about how we can collectively take responsibility for making a change to stop bullying.
An introductory assembly asked the children to think of the all the small things we could do to make someone’s day a bit brighter and help to put a smile on their faces. We thought about how if everyone tried to make a little effort in helping others, then this would create one big push in making our school an even happier place to be. The children made numerous suggestions, including complimenting people in their class or making an effort to speak to other children at playtimes who seem lonely.
Each class in school regularly take part in ‘check ins’ and circle times which are designed to let everyone in the class have their say on a particular topic. Throughout Anti-Bullying Week, our children were able to take part in focused talk times, giving them opportunities to voice their own concerns, opinions and ideas.
We were also delighted to see so many of the children wearing brightly coloured sock for Odd Socks Day! Every year, this celebratory day’s purpose is to encourage everyone to express themselves and to remember that while we have a lot of similarities to each other, it is important to show our own unique qualities too. The children are taught that they should feel proud of themselves and who they are and not to worry about what others may think of them. It is so important for our young people to remember that it is our differences that make our world a more interesting and diverse place to be!
Our Friendship Afternoon in school was another opportunity for the children to come together and reflect on how we make sure we show kindness to not just our friends but to all people in our communities too. Groups of children moved around school to spend the afternoon with another group of children from a different age range and they worked on various activities. These included secret kindness compliments hidden in bags and pockets, making hands of friendship wreaths and creating paper chains of messages and ideas of how to be a good friend.
For further information, please see the Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying Policy on our website or visit www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week