It has been a busy kindness-filled week here at St Peter’s! While supporting National Anti-Bullying week, the St Peter’s community has been ‘reaching out’ with kindness. We started off the week with children and staff coming to school in odd socks. The simple and effective message is that we are all unique and different. Everyone is welcome and included and diversity is celebrated!
On Wednesday we took part in the ‘positive noticing’ day. Emma Wilson (Year 2 teacher and Head of Learning Success) drew my attention to this initiative and I’m so pleased she did. It is a chance for schools to get involved in peer-to-peer positive noticing. The children started the day by sharing compliments during the register and then they had the opportunity to complete a luggage tag with a positive message for a friend. I had the pleasure of completing this task with Reception and Year 6. What the Reception children chose to say about each other was honest and fun. ‘I like your eyes’ and ‘I enjoy playing honk, honk on your nose’ are two examples!
In Year 6, it was the children’s reactions to their peer’s messages that were so heartwarming. ‘That just made my day!’ was one of the stand-out quotes. Some of the children attached their tags to their blazers and were seen still proudly wearing them the next day. Teachers successfully went on a quest to notice all the positives. Staff were also encouraged to send a ‘positive noticing’ email to a colleague. It was a whole school event that was a huge success and it really exceeded my expectations.
To end the week, we have enjoyed a spotty and colourful Children in Need day. Our Heads of School, Rosie and Tyler, led the school council in a wonderful school assembly this afternoon where we heard about the challenges that some children are facing and how the money raised will be used to help.
Other highlights this week included:
- the Year 4 Heroes evening
- the Year 2 show and share assembly
- the evening concert at Lympstone church
- our first well-being working party meeting
- a PSHE and RSE seminar
- the brilliant sports fixtures
Wow, what a week!
Deputy Head Pastoral