This week is National Anti-Bullying Week and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’.
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.
This week, the Prefects have been talking to all year groups about bullying, mutual respect and who to speak to for support.
Nationally, schools have been uniting to show their solidarity against bullying by wearing odd socks and at the College we selected Wednesday 17th November to be our ‘Odd Socks Day’. There’s a serious message behind the fun: let’s pull on odd socks to show we’re ALL unique and different, and let’s be kind to each other and respect each other’s individuality.
As the Anti-Bullying Alliance says in its call to action: ‘Ask if someone’s OK. Say you’re sorry. Just say hey. In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying. Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So, from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity. It starts with one kind word. It starts today.’