Powerful Message Makes School A Safer Place For Everyone

Youngsters heard a powerful anti-bullying message as part of a week focused on raising awareness across the school.

Members of the Year 7 Excellence Academy looked at what to do if you are being bullied or see bullying as part of their Integrated Studies lessons.

Students across the school also heard presentations from the Student Leaders – Anna Lockley, Hannah Parkes and Lashae Monroe-Dinham spoke to Year 11, 10 and 8 about the different types of bullying and what to do if you are being bullied. Meanwhile Holly Taiwo, Natasha Fagura and Michelle Aboagye spoke to Year 7 and 9 about empathy and how they would feel if they saw someone being bullied.

Mr O’Keeffe, who runs the Excellence Academy, said: “Bullying has no place in an outstanding school. The effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. Anti-bullying week is a great way to get involved, take a stand against bullying and raise awareness. Bullying doesn’t just affect children but adults too. Hopefully we’ve given students some strategies which will hold them in good stead for the future.”

Year 7 student, Hannah Parker, said: “Raising awareness for Anti-Bullying week is so important. We need friends, not enemies and this week allows us to discuss the outcomes and consequences for the bully and those being bullied.”