21st November 2021 — Children at The Blue Coat School have been sharing 'One Kind Word' as part 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. Kindness is more important today than it has ever been and the isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us.
On Monday, the whole school took part in Odd Socks Day. The aim of the day is to show and celebrate that we are all unique. It was lovely to see staff and children with their different footwear and celebrate our differences. The children discussed positive words we could use to describe our socks and they passed on kind messages to their fellow classmates. Several classes across Pre-Prep and Prep shared their assemblies linked to One Kind Word, showing how one kind word can make a big difference in the interactions we have with others. The children were engaged and thought carefully about how one kind word or act of kindness can create a ‘chain of kindness’.
The kind words of both Pre-Prep and Prep were put together in a Word Cloud to create our very own Anti-Bullying postcards, which the children have taken home as a reminder of the School's commitment to using kind words. This has highlighted the significance of these words, putting them at the forefront of our interactions and understanding the positive effect sharing these kind words can have on our friends. There were also interesting discussions taking place in PSHE lessons, and it was very encouraging that the BCS Values of truth, patience, kindness, cheerful perseverance and respect, were at the heart of such conversations.