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Cbeebies presenter brings message of respect to Dagenham school for anti-bullying week

PUBLISHED: 10:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 13 November 2018

Andy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

Andy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

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A well-known children’s TV presenter visited a school in Dagenham to support an event which is all about celebrating young people’s individuality.

Andy and the Odd Socks visited Marks Gate Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd SocksAndy and the Odd Socks visited Marks Gate Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

Andy Day from CBeebies visited Marks Gate Junior School in Rose Lane, Ardleigh Green Junior School in Hornchurch, Benhurst School in Elm Park and Corbets Tey in Upminster on Monday, November 12.

Odd Socks Day sees thousands of children across the country wear their odd socks to school in a celebration of individuality.

Andy, who is a patron for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, wrote and performed the official song, Choose Respect, with his band to promote this year’s message in primary schools.

“The song encompasses everything that Odd Socks Day is about - an amazing fun day, full of humour and inclusivity,” said Andy.

Andy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd SocksAndy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique.”

The TV presenter was able to meet his old headmaster at the Hornchurch school as well as the current pupils and teachers.

He told the Post: “It brought back so many memories. I used to dream about Ardleigh Green.

“Mr Morris was a great headteacher when I was there he has done fantastic things with the school over the years.

Andy and the Odd Socks visited Marks Gate Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd SocksAndy and the Odd Socks visited Marks Gate Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

“What a great inspiration.”

Andy and the Odd Socks band performed a number of songs and spoke with pupils about why Odd Socks Day is so important.

Their upbeat song, Choose Respect, encourages children to think about the choices they make and the value of respect.

“The word respect can have lots of different connotations, I like to think that loosely what this message is saying is treat others how you would like to be treated,” said Andy.

Andy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd SocksAndy and the Odd Socks visited his old school, Ardleigh Green Junior School on Monday, November 12 for Anti-Bullying Week. Photo: Andy and the Odd Socks

“Ultimately, I think the greatest way forward is to respect yourself, then you may give time to understanding what respect is for others.

“I believe it’s a part of teaching responsibility.”

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who work together to reduce bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

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