Anti-Bullying Week and World Kindness Day 2021!

Anti-Bullying Week and World Kindness Day 2021!

Last week saw schools across our Trust celebrating World Kindness Day and Anti-Bullying Week, conducting a range of activities promoting kindness, encouraging appropriate online behaviour and raising awareness of bullying. Our mission to transform life chances stretches much further than the taught curriculum: our Trust embraces all opportunities to enrich our students, help them to work together and engage with exciting national events, such as Anti-Bullying Week!

At the beginning of the week, colour hit our corridors as staff and students wore odd socks to school in celebration of being different and embracing what makes us unique. Many of our schools also held talks and assemblies during the week, tackling some of the biggest issues around bullying: what to do if you are being bullied, how to support a victim of bullying, and how to recognise bullying online. Students across the Trust were encouraged to reflect on their own behaviour and how they can contribute to a kinder, friendlier society.

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Rochester Grammar School’s approach to World Kindness Day was bold, bright and brilliant. Students created a kindness tree, which was then decorated with messages of kindness and support attached to the tree as its leaves. This special display is an inspiring and comforting addition to the RGS site and a wonderful reminder to students to always be kind.

Goodwin Academy and The Victory Academy both held thought-provoking ‘Is it worth it?’ talks, delivered by Amelix in partnership with Kent Police, where very real and relevant issues such as cyber-bullying and social media were discussed. In an age where the internet is a highly influential force in the lives of many young people, we have a responsibility to educate our pupils and keep them safe online; the ‘Is it worth it?’ talks offered an opportunity for students to think about their online presence and how they interact with their peers from behind a screen.

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The Portsmouth Academy’s Anti-Bullying Week activities were based around The Anti-Bullying Alliance’s ‘One Kind Word’ campaign, which highlighted the ease with which kindness can be spread starting with just one word. Highlights at TPA included PE Teacher Mr Lock delivering a powerful assembly and students putting together an anti-bullying display comprised of hand-drawn posters and messages. Year 7 and 8 students also participated in a ‘500 Acts of Kindness’ challenge – not only did they smash their target, they actually delivered an incredible 2,130 acts of kindness around the school!

Holcombe Grammar School’s assemblies looked at Anti-Bullying in conjunction with International Mens’ Day, examining the role of toxic masculinity and its relationship with bullying. Some interesting discussions were had between students and staff regarding integration, the definition of ‘banter’ and how to fight bullying with kindness.

We are proud of the range of talks and activities that took place across our schools last week, and as a Trust we continue to promote kindness and anti-bullying messages across the school year.

Kindness can be as easy as smiling at someone in the corridor, asking your friend if they are okay, or wishing someone a good day. We hope that each of our students have taken something away from Anti-Bullying Week, and will continue being kind, supporting their peers and maintaining a friendly school community for all.