In September 2019 we recruited new anti-bullying ambassadors from each class in Year 1 to Year 6. They will meet at least once every term with Mr Riordan (Headteacher) and Mrs Jones (Anti-Bullying Governor).
This year we also held a joint training day with children and staff from The Highdown Schools which Mr Riordan ran.
It is our aim in 2019/20 to:
- Review our anti-bullying procedures.
- Ensure that all children, staff and parents understand the different kinds of bullying that can happen.
- Help children stay safe online.
- Raise awareness of bullying and support any children affected by this in our school.
- Embed a culture on anti-bullying and kindness in our school.
To do this during the school year we will:
- Produce posters and information newsletters.
- Plan and lead assemblies for children.
- Rewrite our school anti-bullying policy.
- Hold and lead an information evening for parents.
- Make a school pledge that builds on our anti-bullying charter.
- Organise exciting and helpful events during anti-bullying week.
- Act as role models in and outside of school.
- Be upstanders and stand up to bullying in our school.
- Share our experiences with other schools in the LSP.
We have an anti-bullying noticeboard for the school hall. If you are a child you will be able to see who we are so you can come and speak to us.
Policies we have written with children and parents
This year Mr Riordan has led refresher anti-bullying training for all school staff and regularly meets with the lunchtime supervisors
Anti-Bullying Week 2019
Unique Voice - an anti-bullying group from Bristol visited the school during the week beginning the 11th of November. Each key stage had a special assembly and each class had a workshop with them.
Children in each class looked at the updated anti-bullying policy and anti-bullying charter as well as spending one lesson that the teachers chose with an anti-bullying focus. Some classes wrote poems, some made posters, others did cartoons and some made short videos.
On Friday the 15th we could dress up with the theme Be Unique. Children brought in a pound to donate to a local Charity - Be More Ben.
In addition to writing both policies the anti-bullying ambassadors have also written an anti-bullying charter that was adopted by the whole school. This is on display in the school entrance. Children showed their support for the charter by adding a finger print to a canvas. Our combined prints are in the shape of a heart and are on display under the charter.
Funday Friendship Thursday
On Thursday the 4th of April 2019 we held a Funday Friendship afternoon. Children brought in board games from home. The classes in each year group were mixed and then children played games with each other and enjoyed a circle time session with the teachers and staff all about friendship. Our anti-bullying ambassadors planned this to help develop friendships across the classes. It was a fab afternoon.
Our anti-bullying commiteee meets at least termly and you will see they have been very busy. The committee is made up of members from all stakeholder groups including a governor and a parent. As a result of feedback from the group we have declared Friday afternoons and Friendship Fridays. The afternoon now consists of dedicated PHSE lessons, circle time and mindfulness activities and ends with Golden Time which is linked to our behaviour policy. This allows children and staff the dedicated curriculum time to develop relationships which work towards the school vision and are key to enhancing our anti-bullying culture.
If you are worried about bullying please tell someone and the school will do everything it can to support you. We have placed a worry box in the school entrance so that you can add any concerns and a member of staff will get back to you, if you don't feel able to talk to an adult first.
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