Schools across the country marked Anti-Bullying Week last week and pupils at Rupert House and St Mary’s Schools in Henley took part in a series of activities.
At Rupert House on Monday they kicked off with Odd Socks Day when the children (and staff) wore odd socks, encouraging them to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! A pound was donated by each child in aid of Anti-Bullying Alliance. Pupils also watched the Anti-Bullying Alliance assembly in their classroom bubbles which was hosted by CBeebies Andy and the Odd Socks and broadcast to schools across the country.
Throughout the week, pupils took part in various activities including acting out role play scenarios and designing anti-bullying jigsaw puzzles. The jigsaw theme was a key part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance theme this year ‘We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying’.
All pupils were also been encouraged to play with different people within their school bubbles at playtimes and have been sharing kind words with their peers.
Headteacher Nick Armitage said, “Anti-bullying week is just one of the many important activities we take part in during the school year which puts a focus on kindness – a key and consistent element of the Rupert House ethos and a trait that is instilled in our pupils throughout their journey through the school.”
At St Mary’s the children also enjoyed CBeebies Andy and the Odd Socks assembly on Monday morning, and spotting which children – and teachers – had the brightest pair of odd socks!
Headteacher Rob Harmer said, “The whole school took part in Anti Bullying Week, an opportunity to work together to celebrate our differences, and what makes each child unique. At St. Mary’s, these discussions go on all year round, and this was recognised by the Anti Bullying Alliance earlier this year when the school was give then the ‘All Together Gold’ award.”