Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Southwold Primary & Nursery School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
At Southwold, Bicester we are focusing on the impact of our individual choices, words and actions. We have made a display in the school entrance hall that provokes consideration for what we can do to effect the atmosphere at our school. Our display says "Mirror Mirror on the wall, who makes this school the kindest of all?" We are also involving the whole school community to contribute a decorated paper hand that we will join together in a unity chain that will stretch the length of the school boundary. This is in support of the 'united against bullying' theme for 2020. Lastly, the whole school community will be participating in odd socks day on Monday 16th November.
Our Anti-bullying Ambassador, Mrs Jamie Izzo, said: "We are united against bullying, committed to kindness, and determined to effect our whole school community for the better."
Currently, Southwold Primary & Nursery School has a comprehensive framework in place to prevent and counteract bullying.
The theme for this year’s Anti-bullying Week is ‘United Against Bullying’. The ABA worked with more than 300 young people and 100 members of school staff to decide upon this theme, which has the following aims:
“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge."
"Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference."
"We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”
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.