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Anti Bullying Week & Odd Socks Day 12-16 November 2018

During the week of the 12th November 2018, Lime Tree Primary School alongside thousands of other schools throughout the United Kingdom will unite with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to take a stand against bullying.  Anti-Bullying Week helps our school to shine a spotlight on bullying and encourage all children, teachers, parents and carers to take action against bullying throughout the year. It is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce and embed anti-bullying practices already in place here at Lime Tree. In the lead up to Anti-Bullying Week we feel that it is important to revisit what bullying is and what bullying is not. The following is a snapshot taken from the Lime Tree Primary School Anti-Bullying Policy, which can be found on the school website.

“Bullying is persistent and repetitive behaviour which is intended to cause pain and distress to another individual.  Bullying can be emotional, physical, racist, sexual, homophobic, verbal, cyber…Bullying is not the odd occasion of falling out with friends, name calling, or arguments... It is bullying if it is done several times on purpose. “

As a school we use the Anti-Bullying Policy to ensure consistent and effective practice, but additionally the THRIVE approach and Behaviour Policy are embedded in day-to-day practice. The implementation of our PSHE scheme, JIGSAW, alongside the British Values and School Values promotes positive relationships. We encourage the children to come together as a community, working together in an effective and considerate way, built on mutual trust and respect for all.

Themes and Aims 2018

The theme this year, set by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, is ‘Choose Respect’. Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities and online. The overall aims of the week are to support schools to help children, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

  • The definition of respect;
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice;
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other;
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face-to-face and online.

Odd Socks Day

Inspired by the band ‘Andy and the Odd Socks’, who are working in collaboration with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we will be starting the week with an ‘Odd Socks Day’. It is an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate individuality, whilst raising awareness for Anti-Bullying Week. There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashions, or for parents to buy expensive costumes. All the children have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school, as a colourful addition to their regular uniform. It could not be simpler! Odd Socks Day will take place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week, Monday 12th November.  No donations are needed and school uniform should be worn as normal.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance are running an exciting competition for schools during Anti-Bullying Week! Three schools will win a visit from Andy and the Odd Socks, and get to see him perform live at school! To get involved please share a photo or video that best captures how your child(ren) participated in Odd Socks Day. The winning Lime Tree entry will then be shared on the school’s twitter page and tweeted to @abaonline using the hash tags #AntiBullyingWeek and #OddSocks. The winning school will then be selected on the 20th November, and will be contacted to arrange a visit. We will be looking for particularly creative entries! The deadline is Thursday 15th November, 3:30pm. Please visit the office to pick up an entry form, they will be available from Friday 9th November.

Anti-Bullying Week Events

During the rest of the week, the children will take part in a variety of events and activities linked to the theme ‘Choose Respect’. There will be a focus on helping them to develop the skills, understanding and confidence to recognise and act when they see or experience bullying. The activities will be varied and will involve the children in many fun activities linked to our whole school key text “Only One You”, written by Linda Kranz. These may include – carrying out surveys, drama, dance, art, design, using technology, reading and writing.

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th, the children will also be taking part in an “ACTive Citizens DRAMA Workshop’ led by West End in Schools. This 30 minute drama workshop focuses on the theme ‘All different, all equal’ and reinforces the message that we can take individual and/or collective action to help prevent bullying. During the sessions, your children will:

  • Explore and celebrate what them, and others, unique.
  • Identify different types of bullying.
  • Imagine how bullying make other people feel
  • Learn to see themselves, others and their relationships from different perspectives.

To share the theme and aims of the week we will be holding a whole school introductory assembly on Monday 12th, led by myself the PSHE Lead. On Friday 16th we will be holding a celebration assembly to recap the learning that has taken place and enjoy some of the children’s achievements. This assembly will take place in school time and will be for pupils and school staff only.

Additionally on Friday 16th, there will also be an opportunity to view your child(ren)’s Anti-Bullying Week projects in our outdoor ‘Choose Respect Gallery’. Each class will have their own project displayed on the playground from 3:10pm, available for everybody to view.

Supporting Anti-Bullying Week

What can you do to support your child(ren), Lime Tree and the Anti-Bullying Alliance to stop bullying?

  • Read Lime Tree’s Anti-Bullying policy (available on the school website).
  • Access the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s free online tool to support parents to understand bullying, and what to do if you’re worried about it www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/parenttool . Or access their advice page www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/adviceparentscarers
  • Speak to a member of school staff.
  • Refer to the ‘Tips for Parents and Carers’, by the Anti-Bullying Alliance on the following page.

 

Thank you in anticipation for your support throughout Anti-Bullying Week. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Lime Tree Primary School team.

Key Dates Anti-Bullying Week 12th – 16th November 2018

Monday 12th

All Day

Odd Socks Day (whole school)

9:00 am

Whole school introductory assembly (children only)

Thursday 15th

All Day

Y1, Y3, Y5 ACTive Citizens DRAMA Workshop (children only)

15:30 pm

Odd Socks Day twitter competition closes.

Friday 15th

All Day

YR, Y2, Y4 ACTive Citizens DRAMA Workshop (children only)

14:30 pm

Whole school celebration assembly (children only)

Odd Socks Day twitter competition winner announced.

15:10 pm

Choose Respect Gallery, playground

 

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