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Odd socks day and Friendship afternoon

This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2023 and has the theme ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’. 


A message from the Anti-Bullying Alliance: 

Too often, we are silent when we see bullying take place, silent about the hurt bullying causes, and silent when we hear bullying dismissed as ‘just banter’. It doesn’t have to be this way. Of course, we won’t like everyone and we don’t always agree, but we can choose respect and unity.  


This Anti-Bullying Week we will come together to have discussions about what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. Together, we can make a difference and take a stand against bullying.  


During this week children will be discussing what bullying is: 

A hurtful behaviour (physically or verbally) which causes physical or emotional harm which is repeated on several occasions.  


Our message is clear: SAY NO TO BULLYING and CHOOSE KINDNESS 

We encourage the children to: 

  • Say no 

  • Walk away 

  • Tell an adult 

  • Be kind and friendly 

  • Be thoughtful 


Today we celebrated Odd Socks Day and the children took part in a Friendship afternoon to celebrate. 


What is Odd Socks Day? 

The Anti-Bullying Alliance and Andy and the Odd Socks started Odd Socks Day in 2017 to create a new and fun way of celebrating Anti-Bullying Week and what makes us all unique. Odd Socks Day is an opportunity to have fun, be yourself and spread awareness of the core values Anti-Bullying Week promotes. We were spreading the message of acceptance, understanding and respect. 


This year’s theme for Anti Bullying Week is ‘Make A Noise About Bullying’. We want to spread a positive message that if we all come together, celebrate our difference, and stick up for each other, we can bring an end to bullying! 


Most importantly, Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their uniqueness.


We enjoyed friendship afternoon where we put in to practice our skills of FRIENDSHIP and KINDNESS The children enjoyed playing with different children during the afternoon where they built on existing relationships and created new ones. We are proud of the great attitude and kindness shown by the children at Westfield Infant School.