This year’s Anti-Bullying Week was celebrated in November. The 18 newly-trained Peer Supporters from the Lower Sixth joined with those in the Upper Sixth to steer and manage a school-wide focus on this week centring on the theme Choose Respect. Odd Socks Day on the concluding Friday saw outlandish and colourful socks celebrating difference, choice and individuality, whilst National Kindness Day saw a plethora of kind acts, collective and individual. In addition to PSHE sessions and in-House assemblies and talks, all pupils completed an electronic questionnaire about living and learning within the school – a brilliant snapshot of experience which capture the voice of all and will be the basis of discussions and decisions over the next few months.
In Field’s House, everyone had a name of another person in their year group who they wrote a compliment about. We then collated all the compliments and while we were at roll call, distributed the compliments to each person with a cupcake attached to it. We also encouraged the House to think about the theme ‘Choose Respect’ and what the words meant, as well as to go out of their way to be kind to one another. (Avery K)
In Second’s House cakes were decorated with messages for National Kindness Day and these were placed on people's desks. The Third Form baked cakes for our domestic staff to be given to them at some point during the week. Each morning each person in the House came up with a quote to do on respect, which was collected by the Peer Supporters and then collated on the notice boards. Finally small gifts and thank you cards were packaged up for distribution to the ‘unsung heroes’ in the school: the ladies in the Post Room; the Maintenance and Grounds team; and the Catering Staff, as small symbols of appreciation and thanks. (Harry F)
In Handford House 'Respect Cupcakes' were distributed to all and groups gathered to bake, share and enjoy a variety of cakes from around the world to celebrate the different places people come from. (Olivia C)
In Gibbs’ we talked to the House as a whole and also to the individual year groups, explaining our role of Peer Supporters and the importance of respect. We did a 'respect raffle' where each member of the year group had to write what they respect about someone in their year group; the message was then passed on to that student. (Punn Punn I)
In Sankey's House we ensured that kind gestures were made to everyone at least once in the week. Also, we wrote positive messages on whiteboard throughout the week to encourage people to keep going. The Peer Supporters created a compliment box: people could write - anonymously or not - compliments to another individual and later on in the day these were left on desks for people to find. It was a week full of respect for other people's differences, and kindness was very dominant in the House. (Bupi M)
In Teme the week was in part celebrated by a Games' Night where old favourite board games made the rounds, encouraging a real mix across the community. Everyone had fun, got to know each other better and showed kindness and respect to each other. The Peer Supporters led a House meeting on their roles and spoke about Anti-Bullying week, talking about the theme ‘choose respect’ and National Kindness Day. People were encouraged to leave a small note of compliment or kind note to each other. We were also encouraged to wear odd socks – a way of signalling respect for difference and individual choice. (Kyron S)
In Manor House we celebrated Anti-Bullying Week with tea parties, acts of kindness and odd socks day. We decided that it would be a perfect opportunity to get the Third and Fourth Forms together and give them a chance to talk about respect. As we got through the cake, both of the year groups really got to know more about each other and their views, along with their backgrounds and how they differed. When we discussed the definition of respect, we received different but really positive answers, and it was really nice to hear all of us talking about our different approaches to it. On National Kindness Day we all were put in pairs to do a random act of kindness for each other. This worked really well as we mixed all year groups, which meant we could get to know people we don't usually see much of. Many people baked cookies or exchanged sweets, or helped out with Evening School and music practice. All the Manor girls had the wackiest odd socks for Friday to celebrate being different; this was met with really nice spirits and we all had good fun swapping socks. Overall we all had a really lovely time participating in all the activities and I think we learnt a great deal more about respect. (Katie T)