Odd Socks Day celebrates Anti-Bullying Week 2021

On 15 November 2021, St John’s joined schools across Britain to embrace the message of ‘One Kind Word’, the theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week campaign created by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) which works to raise awareness of bullying and bring lasting change to children’s lives.

The isolation of various pandemic lockdowns has emphasised the negative impact people’s words and actions can have on each other. One kind word can provide a moment of positivity to another. It can change the outcome of an argument or discussion. It can change someone’s perspective and alter the course of someone’s day or week. It can also help break the cycle of bullying

In support of this important message, Assemblies and activities focused throughout the week were specially planned, kicking off with Odd Socks Day at the start of the week when children were invited to wear odd socks to embrace and recognise difference and individuality, and show their support for kindness and solidarity against bullying. As a school community we take anti-bullying very seriously and we endeavour to ensure children know what to do if they suspect they or others are being bullied and offer them support and solutions. Our Anti-Bullying policy also includes a leaflet for children and one for our boarders too.

Three-quarters of UK schools – over 7 million children and young people – are expected to take part in the annual event, which this year focuses on the importance of acts of kindness, starting with 'One kind Word'. The children celebrated the unique qualities of individuals and recognising diversity within our community and beyond. Mrs Lisa Bedford, Deputy Pastoral Head, remarked, "We wanted to highlight Anti-Bullying Week at St John's because we are committed to developing and maintaining an ethos focused around kindness, compassion and respect towards others, and a determination to be the best version of ourselves we can be."