Members of the Brabyns family were encouraged to come to school sporting their favourite odd socks - yes, that meant picking out a pair that didn’t match! - to raise awareness of anti-bullying day.
The ‘Odd Socks day’ formed part of our work Anti-Bullying Week, and provided an opportunity to encourage both children and staff alike to celebrate and discuss their individuality and what makes us unique. Whilst being proud of our own uniqueness, it was important to also recognise that in others, and be accepting of our differences.
This formed the basis of a purposeful discussion in Year 4, which led to further discussions that dived deeper into both distinguishing the differences between unkindness and bullying, and understanding what to do in both situations, whether a victim or aware of incident/s that have occurred.
2020’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week is ‘United Against Bullying’. 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. By guiding our children to channel their collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we continue to ensure that the children operate in a culture of kindness and support those around them.
It was great to see the whole school celebrate differences and individuality, and we are very proud of how they continue to do this not just for one day or week of the year, but continuously.