‘IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, BE KIND.’

ODD SOCKS DAY

Monday saw a parade of colour, individuality and creativity across the stage in the Chaplin Theatre. Pupils and teachers alike donned their odd socks as we launched our Anti-Bullying Week Celebrations. Odd Socks Day not only encourages our pupils to express themselves while spreading awareness of Anti-Bullying Week, but it also aligns beautifully with our current Life Skills unit in Years 3-6, Celebrating Differences.

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

Each year, Vinehall School participates in the nationwide event and this year saw us embracing going out of our way to spread kindness, even more than usual. One Kind Word was the theme and we found many ways to spread acts of kindness in the Prep School.

Year 5 pupils have made an enchanting film giving useful ideas on how we can all make the world a kinder place.  Please follow this link: Click here

From sharing positive sentiments, giving words of advice, taking kindness onto the stage in the Chaplin Theatre, to adding complimentary notes in ‘The Kindness Book’, our children did what they do best: they modelled kindness.

This picture shows Year 3 enjoying a drama workshop on the theme of bullying.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

It is important for our children to understand the definition of bullying so they know what to do if they find themselves in a challenging situation. The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as ‘the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.’

WHAT ADVICE CAN WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN?

Here are a few tips provided by The Anti-Bullying Alliance:

  1. Be kind and respectful to others: it is important to talk kindly about other people and support your child to be kind and respectful to others, challenge behaviour that is hurtful or offensive and show your child that you reach out to others who may be seen as ‘different’, lonely or isolated.
  2. Recognise and stand up to injustice: help your child to understand that throughout history people have not always been treated with kindness and respect. Support your child (in an age appropriate way) to understand prejudice and inequality. Make these discussions part of your everyday life. Be clear that it is never acceptable for a child to experience prejudice.
  3. Understand true friendship: teach your child the qualities of a true friendship such as kindness, respect, boundaries, laughter, forgiveness and trust. This will help your child recognise if others are being unkind or manipulative towards them. Encourage your child to be open to friendship rather than insisting on one best friend. Experience shows you can be vulnerable if they decide not to be your friend any more!
  4. Establish physical boundaries: help your child to understand that their body belongs to them, and that everyone has their own physical boundaries. This means it is not alright to be rough with other people, or to touch, hug or grab them without their consent. It is never acceptable for someone to physically hurt someone else and children need our help and guidance to learn to give people personal space.
  5. Make sure your child knows who else can help: there may be times, particularly as your child grows older, where they do not always tell you what is on their mind. This could be because they are worried about how you might react, or they do not want to upset or worry you. Help them think about other people in their lives to whom they can talk. This could be a friend, a family member, a teacher at school or another adult they know and trust.

The above points come from the © National Children’s Bureau. For more information on Anti-Bullying, speak to your child’s form tutor, a member of our leadership team, or try this useful website: Anti-Bullying Week (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)

Ally Linney

Head of Pastoral Care