Poole makes a difference this Anti Bullying Week

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week takes place across the country from 13 - 17 November. This year’s theme of ‘All different, all equal’ Anti Bullying Week 2017, which is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, will aim to get children, young people, parents, carers and teachers to take action against  bullying to create a safe environment where children can thrive.

Throughout the week and beyond, schools across Poole will be getting involved in the anti-bullying campaign by putting on a host of awareness activities, competitions, workshops and assemblies. Specially-trained student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors will lead on this in several schools.

Students at Victoria Education Centre will partake in lessons in which they will explore the definition of bullying, helping everyone to understand that bullying comes in many forms. Anti-Bullying ambassadors will also be present throughout the week, encouraging students to come forward with any issues with bullying that they may have.

Odd socks, which is part of the Anti Bullying Alliance Campaign, will be making an appearance at Hillbourne Primary School, Bearwood School and Ocean Academy, where students will be wearing the mismatched socks to help to talk about and celebrate difference and diversity.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at Parkstone Grammar School will be hosting a poster-competition, house quiz, and anti-bullying lunchtime showcase, featuring a balloon launch, cake sale and the creation of a piece of cross-year group artwork, while Broadstone Middle School will be creating a whole school pledge board, featuring pledges from every member of the school community stating why they are unique.

Founder of the 401 Challenge and motivational speaker, Ben Smith, who has overcome severe bullying within his life, spoke at Baden Powell and St Peter’s School, inspiring students who will take part in anti-bullying workshops throughout the week.

Pupils of Poole Grammar School will be celebrating difference and equality with an E-Safety day, while Turlin Moor Community School have enjoyed NSPCC lead assemblies and workshops using the Speak Out Stay Safe programme.

Heatherlands Primary School have invited the Caboodle theatre company to perform anti-bullying themed shows for the school, and Broadstone First School will be making a visual  impact by creating a ‘pathway of pebbles’ with each pupil decorating an individual pebble before laying them as an artistic pathway, symbolising that every student is different, yet equal.

St Edwards will be starting with the #Lifeunfiltered film, focusing on mental health and getting help. The film launch will also feature a competition to win a #Lifeunfiltered t-shirt.

Blue will be the clothing colour to celebrate Anti Bullying Week at Haymoor Junior and Ad Astra Infant Schools, and both Canford Heath Infant and Junior Schools will be making friendship flowers, friendship jigsaws and a ‘throw kindness like confetti’ display. 

Talbot Primary School and St Aldhelm’s Academy will both be creating artistic trees, promoting kindness and working together. Students at Springdale First School will all partake in a Friendship Week, with student councillors spending an afternoon at Montacute School.

Pupils at Hamworthy Park Junior School will be performing acts of kindness and will receive a wristband for all acts of kindness done, and Winchelsea School will be hosting a coffee morning and a non-uniform day on 17 November, raising money for anti-bulling charities.

Corfe Hills School, Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary School and Bournemouth and Poole College will all be focusing on the week’s theme; ‘All different, All equal’ and will each be promoting individuality, tolerance, diversity and equality.

Longspee Academy and Oakdale Junior School will both be hosting special assemblies and lessons throughout the week, themed around bullying.

Sylvan Infant School and Branksome Heath Junior School students will be defining what ‘bullying’ is and sharing their definition with the community. The schools will also be working together on a range of crafting, writing and roleplay sessions, all of which will be recorded and used for teaching throughout the school year.

Poole High School have been running an anti-bullying campaign throughout the year, The school is now home to 50 ‘Respect Reps’, one from each tutor group, who work to promote respect under the anti-bullying banner. The school has also successfully applied to host Anti-Bullying Ambassador training, a regional event to be held for young people in February 2018.

Dorset Police Safe Schools and Communities Team delivering anti-bullying education and training for students, parents and staff on an ongoing basis. The new edition of the termly Parents Online Safety Newsletter, with tips on helping you keep up to date with your child’s online activity, will be released in time for anti-bullying week.

In April 2017 the Anti-Bullying Alliance launched their project ‘All Together, United Against Bullying’. Bournemouth and Poole took part in the project, which offers schools and agencies the opportunity to become leaders in Anti Bullying practice. An All Together School is one that has proven its activity to reduce bullying of all children. Four workshops were held for schools and the wider workforce through July and October. 30 Poole schools attended over the four sessions and 21 of the schools are registered with the ‘All Together’ programme. 52 agencies that are based in Poole or that work across Poole and Bournemouth also attended the workshops sessions.

Young people in Poole can contact Number 18 via the website live chat, facebook or by going into the centre if they want advice and support with bullying or any other issue.

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, Borough of Poole, said: “Anti-Bullying Week helps to highlight the impact of bullying on children and young people in schools, communities and online. We take bullying extremely seriously, and hope that the work being done in our schools and with our partner organisations will bring children and young people, teachers, parents and carers together with the aim to help stop bullying.”

To find out more about all aspects of bullying, including cyberbullying and how to stay safe online, visit the Staying Safe page on the FID (Poole’s online Family Information Directory).

Borough of Poole’s Anti-Bullying Strategy has been developed and led by the Poole Anti-Bullying Strategy Group and informed by consultation with children and young people, parents and carers, schools and key partners.

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