Schools across the UK were encouraged to embrace friendship, compassion and goodwill during Anti-Bullying Week, to remind students of the importance of always being kind to others.
An ‘Odd Socks Day’ was organised by the charity to allow children to embrace their own uniqueness and individuality.
Oak Hill Academy’s approach to Anti-Bullying Week focussed on the positivity surrounding friendship as the primary emphasis of their activities.
Anna Penycate, Year 5 Team Leader, said: “As a school, we chose to call it Friendship Week rather than Anti-Bullying Week because of the negative connotations the word ‘bullying’ can have on young people.
“During Wellness lessons, children had the opportunity to discuss what makes a good friendship.
“Lessons revolved around teaching children how to form healthy and happy relationships with their peers.”
As with any school, Oak Hill Academy strives for their school to be a place where children feel happy, secure and respected.
Encouraging positive relationships with peers is a key area of focus for the academy as they aim to ensure every child forms solid, meaningful friendships during their school years.
Anna explained: “We believe that it is really important to teach children to set the foundations of positive relationships with their peers.
“Having these foundations will help the children to build their independence and give them the strategies they need to be able to overcome problems or situations.”