CHILDREN at a Calne school joined in Odd Socks Day as part of the National Anti-Bullying Week events, used to recognise that it is ok to be different.

Pupils at St Margaret's Preparatory School swapped their usual navy blue uniform socks for two odd ones, as they joined in a national initiative organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and supported by children's TV Presenter Andy Day.

Deputy Head Cath Jones spoke to children about the important meaning behind the fun event at an assembly and wrote to parents to ask them for their support.

She said: "We wore odd socks to remind us that everyone should be free to express their individuality and not be treated any differently to anyone else. We held other events during anti-bullying week which had the theme this year of ‘all different, all equal’.”

In case some children wanted to show their individuality by not wearing odd socks, the school advised parents it was fine for them to be different on that day by sticking to their usual uniform.

A spokesman for the Anti-Bullying Alliance said that the aim of the week was to empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them and each other unique, as well as to help them understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, and to be themselves without fear of bullying.

Parents are also encouraged to work with schools and to talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality. The spokesman said: "This year we are delighted to have support from Andy Day and his Band - Andy and the Odd Socks.

"Andy is one of the most popular children’s TV presenters in the country. He has a lot of experience working with children, and understands the importance of being yourself, and the struggles that that can sometimes bring."