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 aim of Anti Bullying Week 2020 is to show that we are all United Against Bullying. 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. The aim of the day is to show and celebrate that we are all unique.
In Pre-Prep, 1H have been thinking about different ways to be a good friend. The Bible teaches us to be friendly and reminds us to be kind. Here at Blue Coat, it is also one of our important values. 1H’s class assembly focused on being ‘bucket fillers’. Did you know, everyone in the world walks around carrying an invisible bucket? You can’t see it, but it’s there! You feel very happy when your bucket is full, but you feel very sad and lonely when your bucket is empty. Bullies are ‘bucket dippers’, who think they can fill their own bucket by being mean and unkind. Bullies don’t know that when you fill someone else’ bucket, you fill your own. 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. Try to fill a bucket today…
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.
The Prep children’s assemblies have focussed on the theme of Anti-Bullying this week. Children from 3SA, 4ET, 5JM and 6RA took to the catwalk in Chapel to ‘strut their stuff; and display their odd socks. This reminded us all that our differences make us special and unique. 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. The children performed with real confidence – well done to all involved! As well as taking part in Odd Socks Day, we asked the children to think about the what the message ‘United Against Bullying’ means. There were also interesting discussions taking place in PSHE lessons in Prep, and it was very encouraging that the BCS Values were at the heart of such conversations.
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. By focusing on being truthful, patient and kind, cheerfully persevering, and showing respect, Blue Coat pupils are constantly reminded of their role in ensuring our community remains one in which we can all thrive and be happy – Anti-Bullying Week has reminded us of our collective responsibility in achieving this.
Mr Hulbert, Mrs Drake, Miss O’Hanlon and Mrs Wingfield