The recent wet weather may have shifted our Anti-Bullying Week schedule but not our focus.
We are committed to a strong stand against bullying and to raise awareness of its negative effects on child development as well as to highlight its prevention and how to respond to it.
To do this, we joined thousands of schools in the UK and around the world by recognising Anti-Bullying week, culminating in Orange Day where every child came to school wearing something orange in colour.
Everyone was involved across our school. Our theme was Choose Kindness reinforced by the motto Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.
We ran dedicated assemblies addressing the issue, held video sessions in our cinema to explore the impact of bullying, and integrated it into P4C and PSHE lessons to help our pupils understand:
- The definition of respect and kindness
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other
These messages were spread using orange-coloured badges, T-shirts, wristbands, balloons, together with book readings, corridor displays and posters placed around the school.
Break times and lessons also supported dialogue between our pupils, their peers, teachers and parents. P4C lessons specifically centred around the theme of bullying using a photo of a bullied child as a stimulus and the question: “Why would somebody choose to hurt others?”
Our Anti-bullying Week and Orange Day is an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
It helps to reinforce our school values, too, especially Respect and Empathy as we strive to inspire our pupils towards a greater sense of community, collaboration and social responsibility throughout the year.
We’d like to thank our parents for supporting us during Anti-Bullying week – it was great to witness the sea of orange as our pupils arrived to school.
We also invite you to explore the information and resources on the Anti-Bullying Alliance website. Videos taken on Orange Day can be found on our social media channels.