Every year we have an anti-bullying week which focuses on the topic in assemblies, lessons, classroom discussions and creative activities. We have had drama companies in to act out scenarios which encourage the children to consider how bullying makes people feel and give them clear strategies for what to do if they experience bullying.
This year the teacher's used an assembly to demonstrate how bullying might happen.
We also ran an Anti-Bullying week poster competition. We had a fantastic response. Many of the posters have been displayed around the school for all to see, and some here to share on our website. The children experienced several opportunities to reflect on the issues resulting in class charters for the children to refer to in their classrooms.
The children have worked together and created class charters to display in their classrooms as a visual reminder and a constant message to say ‘No to Bullying’ here at school.
Definition of Bullying
A YouGov poll revealed that 72% of British children, aged 13-17 years, agreed that the definition of ‘bully’ should be updated. After campaigning by the Diana Award, Google, Collins, Dictionary.com, Oxford Dictionaries and the Cambridge Dictionary have change their definition of bullying.
The original definition contrasted bullies as 'strong' and their victims as 'weak', but the new definition instead talks of vulnerability.
Bully n. a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
Bully n. a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable.
More information on this can be found at the Diana Foundation by clicking here.