Staff and students recently participated in the national Anti-Bullying Week on the theme All Different, All Equal. A range of activities, quizzes and competitions took place throughout the week raising awareness of issues surrounding bullying and emphasising the message that we must all stand up to bullying and not ignore it. In morning tutor time, pupils watched a video and discussed the issues raised. Pupils and their tutors discussed various scenarios that can occur and how they might deal with them. In the Toothpaste Challenge the school’s very own Anti Bullying Ambassadors talked with their peers about how easy it is on social media to hurt someone with unkind words, but then it is impossible to take them back.
A different event took place each lunchtime combining lots of fun and excitement all with an important underlying message.
‘Stand up with a Selfie’
Staff and students had lots of fun, taking a selfie on their own or with a group, to make their pledge for anti-bullying at Bournside.
IT teacher, Nye Prior, said “I was really pleased to support Anti Bullying Week. This project helps our pupils understand the negative effect that bullying has on someone’s self-esteem.”
In the Pledge Hand competition, pupils used a template to create an anti-bullying logo using the theme All Different All Equal. Some wonderfully colourful and creative designs were produced; the winning entry was submitted by Gerard Macri, with Cara-Jade Hensley and Charlotte Gray runners up, all in Year 8.
Students and staff took part in the Human Bingo Game, asking each other questions and meeting new people as they completed their bingo cards.
Oli from Year 10 and teacher Matthew Gray, Head of Religious Studies, complete their Bingo Cards. Oli took part in lots of the activities and concluded that it had been very worthwhile. “I’ve learned that people really do care about these issues.”
Laura Mullins (Year 8) also took part in the Parachute Club activity. This fun, active session involved a giant multi-coloured parachute with students running under the parachute depending on the criteria shouted by the leader of the activity. Laura said “The balls represented insults that were thrown at us. We found this was easier to deal with if there were more people to help you.”
Mike Stratford, Assistant Headteacher and the school’s ABA coordinator, said “This week was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Anti-Bullying at Bournside. The week was full of resources and activities to help students better understand what bullying is and the impact it can have on all of our lives. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the week was that the events and ideas came from our students, coordinated by our school Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. It was humbling to see so many students and staff stand up and recognise that we are all different, but all equal, and to make a pledge that we will stand up and say no to bullying.”