As part of our extensive pastoral programme running during form time, we celebrated and recognised the importance of Anti-Bully Week with all year groups.
We began with Odd Socks Day – which saw both pupils and staff wear an array of brightly coloured socks to school, highlighting the importance of us all being unique and different. Thank you to all who participated.
Udai Rai S had the following to report on the day:
Odd Socks Day was at the beginning of anti-bullying week. The reason it is called this is because we wore a different pair of socks and that showed that it didn’t matter which race or religion you came from. It matters what is inside. It matters what type of person you are, whether you’re kind and considerate. We, as a school community only believe in kindness, respect, effort and most of all, teamwork and perseverance. Each pupil in the school is important. Each teacher and each staff member are important. There is not one important person, everyone is important. And remember everyone has a voice.
In form time, classes carried out various activities such as a debate – if you were given a million pounds, how could you use it to put an end to bullying? Creating posters, poems and songs to get across a clear message – stand up to bullying! Tutor groups also put together their own Anti-Bullying Charter, with rules and actions they will do to look after each other.
Some of Form Captains have kindly written up the following reviews of the week:
During Anti-Bullying Week, I learnt many things. Firstly, in the beginning, it was confusing as to why bullies bullied. Now I know that there is usually something going on with the bully, not the victim of the bullying. I think this is important to know because a lot of the time, the victim thinks something is happening with them, when most of the time that is not true. This is important because the victim will be less hurt, causing no reaction which makes the bully ‘bored,’ preventing bullying.
Secondly, I explored in class that a few kind actions throughout the day can make a big difference, especially if you are nice to the bully. This is because the thing they most likely needed was kindness, but they didn’t have it so they started bullying. Kindness to everyone can also make the class (and everyone) have a stronger relationship. Anti-Bullying Week was good in my opinion because it brought up awareness of bullying and how to prevent it.
I was tasked with judging the entries for the best anti bullying poster for my form group, 7GD. There were some great ideas with designs to show bullying is not allowed and showing children communicating with one another and offering their support to each another. The pupils used a brilliant range of really bold and colourful statements such as “Bullying should not be allowed!” “Stop bullying” and “United against bullying.”
In the poster I designed, I mentioned that all school’s participate in anti-bullying week each year to recognise that bullying is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. When choosing the winner, I looked for the poster which made the biggest impact for anti-bullying. From the entries, I chose Chili K as the winning entry as her poster was very colourful with lots of bold statements and emphasised that bullying is unacceptable.
I thoroughly enjoyed judging the entries and it was great to see the form group’s creative ideas. It was very clear from all the entries that we all stand united against bullying.
Aida G kindly found some inspirational anti-bullying quotes:
– ‘blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours brighter’
– ‘you never look good trying to made someone else look bad’
– ‘pulling someone down will never help you reach the top’
– ‘a negative mind will never give you a positive life’
– ‘a healthy mind does not speak ill of others’
– ‘be sure to taste your words before you spit them out’