Truro High students wear odd socks for anti-bullying awareness
Girls from 11 – 18 donned outlandish and odd socks for the day as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage children to embrace their differences and report bullying behaviour.
Sartorial highlights ranged from van Gogh-inspired ankle socks to brightly coloured knee highs.
The day comes ahead of Anti-Bullying Week (November 12-16), which the school is supporting. A key aim of the campaign is to help empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique.
The week began with a special assembly where students considered how bullying can have a lasting impact on lives and discussed the ways they can express themselves, celebrate the diverse community they live in and take a stand against bullying in a proactive and positive way.
The overall theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is ‘choose respect’. This follows a consultation by campaign organisers Anti-Bullying Alliance with more than 800 children, teachers and Alliance members. They said a priority of the campaign should be to show how bullying is a behaviour choice and can be countered by promoting respect.
Headmistress Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “Today has been a wonderful celebration of diversity and a fun way to think about a big issue. Difference adds variety to life – it’s what makes us special, and we want our girls to be confident in who they are and to be never afraid to be themselves.”
Aware of the impact positive mental health and wellbeing has on every student, Truro High School’s comprehensive pastoral care – from strong tutor/student relationships to a bespoke peer mentoring programme – aims to ensure every individual thrives in a kind, thoughtful and supportive environment.
The results speak for themselves; in May this year the school asked parents to choose any three words to describe a typical pupil. The most popular choices were happy, confident and polite.