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, Gorse Hill 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.
During the week, the children are learning more about friendships and anti-bullying. Friends from the local Church are visiting to deliver an assembly about friendships. Later on in the week, we are engaging with the Stay Safe Initiative, an Anti-Bullying Alliance member will be visiting our school to deliver assemblies and workshops to our pupils on anti-bullying: what is bullying and how can we tackle this?
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.