Anti-bullying week for 2016 is Monday 14th – Friday 18th November but the issue of bullying is one which must be addressed continually throughout the year as part of our daily school lives.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as, “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.”
Here at Ermine we take bullying seriously and our full anti-bullying policy can be found on our website.Children are encouraged to report bullying incidents to any member of staff. These reports are investigated promptly and thoroughly. Discussion and activities based on bullying issues are tackled throughout the year in class during our PSHEE lessons. Children participate in circle time to talk about their thoughts and feelings. Everyone is encouraged to listen to each other and respect each other’s opinions.The National Anti-bullying week is an opportunity to focus the whole school on ways to identify and prevent bullying from taking place between pupils. This year’s theme is ‘Power for Good’ and there have been lots of things happening in school this week to promote positive friendships across year groups and all 3 key stages.
We have had a whole afternoon focusing on activities around friendship and the ‘Power for Good’ theme. Year groups from different key stages have been working together reading, playing board games and creating friendship poems. Friendship super heroes were created, baking took place and some children were even paper chained to each other whilst working together.
As a large school it can be difficult to find opportunities for the older children to work alongside the younger pupils. However it was clear that the children enjoyed the chance to work in different key stages and make new friendships, commenting that they would be looking out for their new friends in the playground and around school in the future.
For more information on anti-bullying, make sure you check out the Anti-Bullying Alliance website here www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk