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Y3 Are Someone’s Reason To Smile: Anti-Bullying Week!

Y3 Are Someone’s Reason To Smile: Anti-Bullying Week!

Our whole school held an Odd Socks day for Anti-Bullying Week on 12th November to celebrate what makes us all unique!  Year 3 also took part in #ChooseKindness with Bullying UK to help stand up to bullying.


On a video we watched we were shocked to find out that, according to the National Bullying Survey in 2016:

  • 50% of young people were bullied about how they looked
  • 81% of young people were called horrible names by others
  • 55% of young people were left out by their friends

Click the link below to find out more:

We decided to be the reason to make someone smile, and carry out simple acts of kindness in our class, and around the school to help promote positive empowerment!

First, we pulled a name from a bag.


Then we spent time making a special card for that person, in which we wrote about what we really liked about that person, what we thought was beautiful about their appearance and what we thought was wonderful about their personality.

These were our little ‘acts of kindness’ in class.

After all, no-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside and we believe that a simple act of kindness can help a person feel empowered to stand up to bullying. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in choosing kindness and be the reason to make someone smile.  Like we definitely did today!  Check out these joyous reactions to both giving and receiving these acts of kindness.


#ChooseKindness top tips

Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously. We all have choices to make, do you #choosekindness?

  • Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
  • Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
  • Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
  • Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
  • Acts of kindness are good for you- they release oxytocin which lowers our blood pressure
  • Being kind can help others feel happy and confident


A lovely act of kindness to give to another person is to draw on their face with a feather.  Jessica ‘painted’ a Batman on Emily’s face.

This certainly gave her a reason to smile!

We also designed STOP bullying posters in the afternoon.

We made STOP stand for:

Several Times On Purpose

because that’s what bullying is.


Simply Tell anOther Person

because that’s how we’ll stop bullying for good!





Meet Our School Council Members 2019-2020

Meet Our School Council Members 2019-2020

Hello everyone!  We are your new School Councillors for 2019-2020.  Thank you for your votes!   We are all committed Ambassadors of Mindfulness and are looking forward to helping you to make our great school even greater!  We are all ready to collect your suggestions on how to improve various aspects of school life and will…Read More

Elections for School Council 2019

Elections for School Council 2019

Today Y1 to Y6 have been voting for their chosen candidates to elect as new School Council members.  Candidates delivered their manifestos very well, and class members voted for one boy and one girl to represent their class.  Watch this space for the results…      Read More

Revised Admissions Policy for September 2020

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St. Columba’s RC Primary School 2020 – 2021 Our Governing Body, in conjunction with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, are currently reviewing the admissions policy for all Roman Catholic primary schools for admission into Reception class for September 2020. Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are…Read More

Ofsted Inspection of St. Columba’s 04.12.18

Ofsted Inspection of St. Columba’s 04.12.18

Inspection of St Columba’s Roman Catholic Primary School Aided by Ofsted A message from Ofsted: We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 4th December 2018. The lead inspector will be Andrew Cummings. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school.…Read More

ECO Club Prize

You may remember last year, you all made pledges as families to ‘Wash, Squash and Recycle’ your waste. The wonderful work you have been doing at home has been recognised by our Local Authority. On Monday 8th October, the children were presented with a certificate as we have won £100 to spend on new resources!…Read More

Care packages for new Nursery parents/carers

Following six glorious weeks in the sunshine we welcomed Mrs Walton (TA) into Nursery! It is a very exciting time for Nursery, meeting new children, meeting new parents and establishing routines. Saying goodbye to your little ones on their first day of Nursery can be a real tearjerker. ‘First day of Nursery’ packs were put…Read More

Teddy Bears Picnic with Nursery and Year 5

Buddy systems help to promote friendship and support between older and younger peers. The benefits of a buddy system are twofold – the older children learn to take on responsibility, while the younger children know that they have a special friend they can confidently turn to for support. The Year 5 children joined with the…Read More

A Musical Visitor!

A Musical Visitor!

On Monday, we welcomed a special visitor to our whole school assembly. Adam is from a company called Front Row Music and he teaches children how to play the ukulele and guitar. Adam showed us a ukulele, classical guitar and electric guitar. He talked about how the instruments make their sound and the special names…Read More

A visit from Sister Vincent

On Thursday morning Father David came to school to tell us all about his friends who live in Kenya and the work he has done there. He brought along Sister Vincent who lives in Kenya and helps the local people. We learnt so much about the work they both do to help people who are…Read More