Wearing multi-coloured odd socks (often someone else’s!), encouraging graffiti and plenty of screen time filming videos were just some of the unexpected activities that took place during anti-bullying week.

The National Theme this year was respect, choosing kindness and standing up for people who are victims of bullying.

Below are some of the thought provoking ideas Bullying UK shared and DCPS pupils discussed to encourage kindness:

  • Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
  • Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
  • Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
  • Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
  • Acts of kindness are good for you – they release oxytocin which lowers blood pressure
  • Being kind can help others feel happy and confident

Throughout the week pupils swapped socks as they then became ‘odd socks’ which was part of the national campaign, this fun activity also promoted team work!  The theme of the films the pupils made was inclusion and how to respect people’s differences.  And finally, some of the graffiti children wrote included inspirational statements such as, bullying is out of fashion, dump bullying, together we stand united against bullying, never judge a book by its cover, bullying  can really hurt on the inside and the outside but people may not show it.

Sarah Davies, Head of PSHCE said, “We take bullying very seriously at DCPS and feel prevention is a much better solution than cure. Weeks like National Bullying Week are invaluable as children across the country, not just in our own school, can share in the thoughts, ideas and activities taking place during the week. Asking children to do something physical like swapping socks or writing on a wall whilst discussing themes of kindness and respect really encourages everyone to get involved and helps to embed those positive themes more deeply.”