Anti-Bullying Ambassadors line up at Cheltenham Bournside School to stamp out bullying together

15 Nov

An incredible group of 106 students have been appointed Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at Cheltenham Bournside School this term in time for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 which kicks off today. Anti-Bullying Week takes place this year from 15-19 November and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’.  

Students across all year groups have been awarded the important title following an application process. Students were asked to submit their interest in supporting the school’s zero tolerance approach to bullying if they supported the following statements: 

  • I want to make a change and believe in stamping out bullying together

  • I am willing to talk to and help other students 

  • I am willing to be a visible presence around school and play an active role during Anti-Bullying Week 

  • I want to take part in training led by the Senior Leadership Team

A series of staff and student led activities will be taking place throughout the week during social times and tutor time. Activities include a #onekindword student photo booth, House pledge walls and assemblies led by Year 13 student House Captains. Year 7 students will also be recording a group song in support of the cause. Each activity has been designed to give student the time to reflect and to raise awareness of how to identify bullying behaviours and the effect bullying can have on others.  

Rob Waters, Assistant Headteacher, who leads the group said;

I am so proud of every student who expressed an interest in becoming an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. It’s our 8th year of appointing ambassadors and we know that they have an incredibly positive impact within our school community.

“Cheltenham Bournside School is fundamentally opposed to all forms of bullying. We are proud to have been the first secondary school in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Bronze Anti-Bullying Quality Mark by ABQM-UK (Anti-Bullying Quality Mark-UK) in 2018. This national scheme shows how good schools are at preventing bullying by challenging them to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and strategies and make them part of everyday life.” 

The Anti-Bullying Alliance are the official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week. Find out more at https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week 

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