Last week Cricklade Manor embraced the national campaign to raise awareness understanding of bullying amongst our pupils with the support of materials and literature from the anti-bullying alliance.
Following assemblies, our children discussed choice and respect and what these words meant to them. We wore odd socks to school highlighting that everyone of us in different but we are all equal. Further to this, the children have embraced a number of activities including performing role plays and designing socks with anti-bullying messages.
At Cricklade Manor we recognise the need to continually evaluate and pupil input is an import part of the schools development plans. Therefore, our children have worked together to create their own Child-friendly Anti-Bullying Policy which will be shared with every child and family in the school, offering helpful advice about what to do if you feel you are being bullied or if you see someone else being treated unkindly.
The week culminated in a very effective assembly on the dangers of speaking to strangers in online chat rooms and online gaming sites. We set up an online chat with 'Chelsea' who is a 13 year old high school student from an e-safety alliance in California. We had an online chat with one of our Year 7 pupils and they swapped details including, how old they were, where they lived and where they went to school. We all thought we knew everything about Chelsea and we were delighted that she sent us a picture so that we knew what she looked like. The children were, however, stunned when they found out it was all a scam and it was in fact Mr Towers who was in the next room, pretending to be Chelsea - a salutary lesson to us all that not everyone is who they claim to be on the internet and one which we hope was well-learned by the children.
This was an important but exciting week for the children, full of discussions about how we can look after one another.
If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us. The websites below also offer hints and tips about how we can work together in the fight against bullying.
|Anti-Bullying Alliance | United against bullying www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk Hold an Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week with Andy Day to celebrate what makes us all unique o…|
|NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Text CHILDHOOD to 70044 to donate £4.|
If you are concerned about bullying support can also be sought at:
0808 800 5000