Focus on friendship and kindness for Children in Need and Anti-Bullying Week
Themes of community, kindness and friendship were at the forefront of activities and assemblies for Children in Need and for Anti-Bullying Week.
Children in Need
Junior School pupils took part in a range of activities as they fundraised for BBC’s Children in Need.
Enthusiastic and excited girls and boys donned a wide range of colourful outfits – including unicorns, dragons, superheroes, wild animals and vibrant onesies – and donated £1 each for the privilege.
Pupils also took part in a Children in Need themed quiz and some of the younger pupils decorated Pudsey Bear shortbread.
Earlier in the week, BBC Radio Manchester visited the school as part of their ‘Pound the Streets for Pudsey’ initiative. Their Breakfast Show presenter, Chelsea Norris, interviewed pupils about what they are doing to raise money for the charity and they presented her with a cheque with the amount they had raised at that point.
During assemblies and in the classroom, the children learnt what it means to be ‘in need’; whether that be due to a disability or illness, or other factors such as poverty, family issues or other problems, and why it is important that people lend a hand when they can.
All of the pupils’ great work saw a fantastic £590.33 raised for the charity.
As part of Anti-Bullying Week, pupils from both the Junior and Senior schools talked about friendship, kindness and helping others.
In the Junior School, Soren Bennick Productions came in to deliver their ‘Power of One’ anti-bullying show where the performers acted out a number of bullying scenarios before revealing that everyone has the ‘power’ to report bullying. Pupils were invited to take part in the scenarios and this interactive experience really resounded with the girls and boys who then signed up to a ‘Bully Prevention Oath’.
During the week, the children discussed what it means to be a friend, how helping others can benefit yourself as well as them and what friends do for each other. They were strongly encouraged to make new friends and help others as much as possible.
In the Senior School, Fourth and Fifth Year anti-bullying ambassadors spoke in assemblies about how having respect for others and their opinions is essential for a happy community – tying into the pupils’ work on character building throughout the year.
The ambassadors also went on training provided by The Diana Award. The training was devised to empower pupils to change the attitudes, behaviours and cultures of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations both on and offline.