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. Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. 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. Therefore, the theme for this year is all about ‘One Kind Word’.

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. The children discussed different positive words we could use to describe our socks and they passed on kind messages to their fellow classmates. 5AG performed a fantastic assembly linked to One Kind Word, showing how one kind word can make a big difference in the interactions we have with others. 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 the whole school  is united in their desire to use kind words, Prep and Pre-Prep came together to discuss the meaning of one kind word. Every class created a list of kind words that we can say to others and words that can show how kind words can make us feel. In Pre-Prep, the children drew their favourite kind word and swapped it with the children in the next class. It was wonderful to see how happy the children were when they received a postcard! In their assembly, 1H were then able to act out their word through a short performance. With a group, they could act out their kind word, make up a piece of poetry linked to their word or make up a dance or song about their word. 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 today. This has highlighted the significance of these words and put these words at the forefront of our interactions with each other.

Mr Hulbert and Miss O’Hanlon