20th November 2020 — This week, The Blue Coat School has been an active supporter of Anti-Bullying Week, as organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The Anti-Bullying Alliance are a unique coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve a vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. The theme of Anti Bullying Week 2020 was to show that we are all United Against Bullying.
As well as taking part in Odd Socks Day, we asked the children to think about the what the message ‘United Against Bullying’ means. Throughout the week, the children were encouraged to take part in a variety of activities.
On Monday, the whole school took part in Odd Socks Day, celebrating our differences and acknowledging that we are all unique. During the remainder of the week, various year groups performed their assemblies on the theme of Anti-Bullying. In Pre-Prep, Year 1 thought about different ways ways to be a good friend. 1H’s class assembly focused on being ‘bucket fillers’. You can fill a bucket when you say or do something kind, when you give someone a smile or even use your manners. When you are a bucket filler, you make your school and classroom an ever better place to learn.
Meanwhile 2W shared their class assembly all about being kind and treating others how they would want to be treated. They told the story of a puppy called Patch who had no friends because he was unkind to others but Patch soon realised that when he treated others how he wanted to be treated and was kind the animals were much happier to be his friend. In Prep each class acted out the Bible story of the Good Samaritan, drawing out the message that we all have a part to play in ensuring bullying doesn't happen.
To show that we are all united against bullying, the children across the whole school (Prep and Pre-Prep) decided to come together to create a united message. Each child produced their own square with a picture of themselves and the message ‘United Against Bullying’. These squares were then skilfully put together to show the message that the whole of Blue Coat is united against bullying.