Poole schools celebrate ‘Choose Respect’ for National Anti-Bullying Week

Wearing odd socks, poster competitions and mindfulness workshops are just some of the activities taking place across Poole schools next week to mark National Anti-Bullying Week.

The national week takes place from 12 - 16 November 2018 with this year’s theme of ‘Choose Respect’ led by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The aim of the week is to encourage children, young people, parents, carers and teachers to promote positive behaviour and tackle bullying.

Throughout the week and beyond, children of all ages in 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 be on hand in several schools, allowing students to support each other.

Some of the activities within schools include:

  • Taking part in ‘odd sock day’ – 12 Nov to celebrate people’s differences
  • Creating an anti-bullying class pledge
  • Sessions on mindfulness and self-kindness
  • Recruitment of students into the role of anti-bullying ambassador
  • Lunchtime screening of ‘The Greatest Showman” to celebrate difference and respect
  • Diversity lessons
  • Friendship activities and games
  • Parents anti-bullying workshop
  • Anti-bullying poster competition
  • Yoga classes
  • Lessons on cyber bullying
  • Creation of a friendship tree
  • Cakes iced blue to raise awareness
  • Choose Respect wall mural
  • AFC Bournemouth visiting and working with the children about bullying with a football theme
  • Wear blue on the Wednesday to mark ‘Friendship Week’

Councillor Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, Borough of Poole, said: “It’s wonderful to see our schools taking part in such a variety of ways to promote positive behaviour inside and outside of school. Anti-Bullying Week is such an important time to highlight the impact of bullying on children and young people. 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.”

In the summer, pupils from five schools led an anti-bullying forum to advise staff about cyber bullying and pupil led anti-bullying ambassadors and mentoring schemes. 15 Poole schools and 12 Bournemouth schools have recently received the All Together against bullying award after taking part in a national project facilitated by central Government in association with the Anti-bullying Alliance, there will be a celebration event in the spring.

A full list of schools and their activities can be found here.

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