One kind word can change someone’s entire day
For Anti-Bullying week this year, held last week, Senior Form Teacher Miss O’Brien organised an activity to help highlight the ways in which we can prevent and respond to bullying. The week, annually held in November, is a great way to take a stand against bullying, promote positive messages about anti-bullying, and raise awareness of how St Augustine’s Priory protects children from bullying. This year, the girls were reminded of the following key messages from the Anti-Bullying Alliance:
It is not your fault if you get bullied
The important thing is that you tell someone about it
Try to resist the urge to retaliate
Only socialise with people who make you feel good about yourself
Be kind to yourself – and remember to be kind to other people!
Miss O’Brien asked teachers to make the girls aware of the CEOP – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – “they work with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinate activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA-led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.” We would like to highlight to the girls that, especially in a time when cyberbullying is as prevalent as physical, social and verbal bullying, there are people whose job it is to make them feel safe when using the internet.
The girls in Lower V asked to use their PSHEE time during Anti-Bullying Week to write a song about anti-bullying featuring the slogan for this year, ‘Power for Good’. Upper VA requested that everyone receive a piece of paper with another persons’ name written on it and then anonymously write qualities which they admire in that person, including something nice they might remember that person doing and any other positive messages. The piece of paper should then be returned to the person whose name is written on the paper. This sort of activity plays a strong affirmative role when it comes to a young person’s self-esteem, and will often point something out about a person which they did not already think about themselves.
Mrs Raffray concluded assembly on Monday 14th November by asking God to “help us to be quick to forgive”, and asked the girls to “make a resolution to be a positive contribution to the school”.Categories: Junior Nursery Prep Senior Sixth Form Whole School