From 11-15 November we celebrated NationalAnti-bullying Week, joining in with thousands of schools across the country to promote a caring and compassionate school environment where children feel safe and included.  This matches our school vision to create a ‘safe and nurturing Christian environment’ so that every child can flourish and reach their God-given potential.

An overview of the week was sent to parents in order to extend the understanding of the week beyond the school and classroom.

In our Monday morning Assembly we talked about the theme for the week: ‘Change Starts with Us’ and introduced our wonderful team of ‘Playground Champions’.  We talked about how it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that there is no discrimination or exclusion and that bullying is not tolerated at St. Michael’s.  Later we continued to discuss the topic in class, which included a fun activity to remind ourselves that change really does start with us!

Tuesday was Odd Socks Day!  We all wore odd socks to remind ourselves that we are all unique and different.  There were some wonderfully bright odd socks and it was great to see so many pupils (and staff!) getting behind this initiative!

Throughout the week the pupils were invited to be a secret ‘Guardian Angel’ to someone in their class.  The challenge was to carry out acts of kindness for that child throughout the week without revealing your own identity.  There were many wonderful moments of kindness, from kind words to small gifts tucked secretly in a pupil’s tray.

All in all it was a wonderful week which further strengthened the wonderful caring ethos that is evident at St. Michael’s.  The children enjoyed themselves too!