Odd Socks to Celebrate Individuality and Prevent Bullying

12 November 2019

 

As part of Anti-Bullying Week (Monday 11 November – Friday 15 November), boys and staff at Caldicott took part in Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12 November. The day was to celebrate acceptance and individuality. By wearing odd socks the boys were able to express themselves in their own unique and fun way.

Anti-Bullying Week aims to raise awareness and to know that it takes a collective responsibility to stop bullying. Bullying can happen at any time, it can be verbal, physical, online or in person and can have a significant impact on a child’s life and well-being well into adulthood. Learning about small, simple changes, the boys will have the tools to create a safe environment for everyone. The aim of the school’s anti-bullying policy is not just say 'no' to bullying, but to empower bystanders with the skills and confidence to challenge negative behaviour and attitudes without ever putting themselves in harm’s way.

Caldicott is constantly working to improve and evolve a mental health and well-being programme, which includes anti-bullying strategies throughout the year. With the introduction of the Quiet Room, regular PSHEE lessons, mindfulness sessions and open discussions about mental health, there is a real change across the community.

To give more power to the boys to act, this week 11 Year 7 and 8 boys will become Student Listeners. They will undergo a day-long training course, followed by meetings with school mentors and feedback sessions with representatives from Bucks Mind.  The Student Listeners at school will provide all boys with a new support system throughout their Caldicott career and they will be encouraged to speak to them when they have a worry - be it large or small and on any topic.

Caldicott takes bullying very seriously and are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all the boys so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and if it does occur, all boys should be able to tell someone about it and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

 

Caldicott boys wear odd socks for anti-bullying week odd socks day