Reverend Mary and the Archdeacon came to hold an assembly for the whole school.
In Class 1 we had 2 apples. We talked about the apples and the children described how both apples looked the same (the children didn’t know that before the class I had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the floor).
I picked up the apple I’d dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible etc. I told them that because I didn’t like it, I didn’t want them to like it either, so they should call it names too. We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it.
I then held up both apples, and again, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same.
I then cut the apples open. The apple we’d been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside. The apple we’d said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside. We saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions. When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don’t show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn’t have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.
As we have been following a superhero theme in Class 1, we talked about how we all have the superpower to stop this – the ‘power for good’. We talked about standing up for each other and to stop any form of bullying, such as refusing to say unkind words to others and being kind. We have superhero capes in Class 1, so we decided different children will wear these every day and it will be their job to make sure we are all being kind with our words.