Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, and this year, the emphasis is on the importance of kindness.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), and every year, around 80% of UK schools participate in events and initiatives during the week.
Currently, Southwold School has a comprehensive framework in place to prevent and counteract bullying, but for this week, we thought we’d follow the example of the Anti Bullying Alliance, and place the emphasis on the positive actions we can all take, in school and elsewhere, to improve our social environments.
This week, we are focusing on a 'ripple of kindness' travelling across the school and local community. Classes will decide on three kind things to do for others this week which are online or offline (one act of kindness to someone in your class, one for someone in another class, one for at home).
Our PLT have set up a 'kindness photo competition!', giving them an opportunity to show us what kindness means to them. Winning photos will be put up around school as a celebration.
Some year groups will also:
- Make posters which show how to help others if they are being bullied online or offline.
- Look at characters in well-known books who experience bullying
- Discuss how people were kind to each other through COVID
- Research kindness quotes from books, celebs, create their own.
- Write a kindness poem
- Create mood art (link to colour monster book)
- Create a wordle for kindness
The organisation is giving out the following call to action:
“Ask if someone’s OK. Say you’re sorry. Just say hey.
In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying.
Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity.
It starts with one kind word. It starts today.”
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.