Newtown C of E Primary's Anti-Bullying Week is happening from Monday 11th – Friday 15th November 2019 and has the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’. It is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is based at the National Children’s Bureau.
The aims of this week is to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand that whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. However, if we work together and make small changes, we can make a big difference and break this cycle to create safe environments for everyone.
This year we are delighted to have the continued support from our patron Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, and from SafeToNet as official supporters of Odd Socks Day.
Andy Day is one of the most popular children’s TV presenters in the country. He has worked with young children for over 10 years, and is a favourite amongst children and parents alike. He has a lot of experience working with children, and understands the importance of being yourself, and the struggles that can sometimes bring. Andy wanted to create a new way of promoting a positive and inclusive message to the young audience that watch him week in and week out on TV. So he formed a band called Andy and the Odd Socks….and the Odd Socks rock, and not just musically! They promote a message that it’s good to be different and everyone is unique. Which is no more apparent than in their song ‘Change’, written especially for Anti Bullying Week based on this year’s theme, ‘Change Starts With Us’.
Odd Socks Day will be held at Newtown C of E Primary School on Tuesday 12th November and is an opportunity to have fun, be yourself, and spread awareness of the core values Anti Bullying Week promotes. As a school we will be using the week to think about, identify, and celebrate what makes us all unique.