Change starts with us...
This week we celebrated Anti-Bullying Week's current theme Change Starts With Us.
We started with a whole school assembly on Monday morning which continued with the existing discussions around empowering the children to believe that they can be the change they want to se in the world.
Within the assembly we discussed difficult scenarios that children' may face around bullying...including cyber bullying, physical bullying and psychological.
Next up was Od Socks Day - children wore a array of foot accessories which celebrated the difference of each and every child. Some of our staff wore the oddest of them all!
Within lessons, each Year Group built upon Monday's message of Change Starts with Us... at age appropriate levels.
The week culminate in children making their pledges of the efforts they will take to be the change.
Most spectacularly 2 of our Year 6 members, Honor and Jessie were so inspired that they paid a visit it Mrs Bachour and requested to set up and run a new cohort of St. Stephen's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. They visited each class teacher in Key Stage 2 and asked them to nominate representative who they felt would be outstanding ambassadors in all areas of school life, including the playground. They have also organised to hold their first committee meeting with senior leadership team next Tuesday lunchtime in order to get their initiative up and running.
Here are just some of the wonderful ideas they had...
Small change. Big difference.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.
Change starts here.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.