National Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place from the 14-18 November 2016. Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying. The theme this year is ‘Power for Good’.
Throughout the week, the Prep School will be taking part in a variety of activities, helping them to recognise what bullying is and what to do if someone is being bullied. The girls are being challenged to use their Power for Good by using words in a positive way and acting responsibly if they notice anyone being treated unkindly.
Our morning assembly focused on words and how we use them. A skit acted by Scarlett, Madeline and Joanna in Year 6 showed how to respond if someone is being unkind. They practised saying:
“Stop it! Stop it! I don’t like it when…
Stop it! If you continue, I will tell a teacher.”
We thought about using words that make others feel good inside and how we will use our Power for Good this week.
In their classrooms, Year 3 discussed what bullying is and what different types of bullying there are. The girls were divided into groups and acted out different scenarios which involved bullying. As a year group, they discussed what type of bullying was being shown and what they should do if they were ever in that situation.
Year 2 spoke about the power of words and how they can be used to make people feel happy. We know that sometimes our words might hurt others so we are going to try and think carefully before we speak to others. They took part in an activity in which they gave each other compliments, used kind words and tried to make others feel happy. The girls enjoyed making others feel good and realised that it can make us feel good too.
Year 4 played a game called ‘Emotions’. The group had to show what that emotion would look like and think of a time when someone might feel that emotion. Later, they discussed what emotions are positive and negative and how you might feel if you are bullied, compared to if you are not.
The girls also explored the different types of bullying that could take place, including learning about cyber bullying and how they can protect themselves.
Year 3 designed their own superhero who uses their powers for good both in school and in the community.
Year 5 are seeking out ways to be kind and helpful to their peers. They each have a card that they are ticking off as they complete an act of kindness.
Year 2 discussed the meaning of the words ‘rude’, ‘mean’, ‘bullying’ and ‘kind’. They discussed times when they may have been like one of these words and how they felt afterwards.
The girls were able to say they had been mean or rude in the past but were able to apologise afterwards, and they were all able to give examples of when they had been kind. They then created their own poster to show how these words made them feel and what they mean to them.
Year 2 explored mindfulness.
“Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment and accepting the thoughts, feelings and attributes that make you unique. It is about being non-judgemental and accepting who you are. Explain that positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Being kind to yourself and to others is the best way to stop bullying.”
The class used some breathing techniques as a way to calm us down, help to relax and deal with different situations. The girls completed a class flow chart, showing what may cause up upset, how they can deal with it and what would hopefully happen as a result.
Year 3 thought about the feelings and actions of both the victim and the bully. They used a diagram of a person and on the inside, they wrote how they might feel and on the outside, they wrote their actions.
Year 6 worked hard to create an Anti-Bullying presentation, they spend their recent PSHCEE lessons creating the slides. The girls are hoping that they can share their presentation with the rest of the School in an assembly very soon.