To raise awareness of the impact of bullying and support National Anti-Bullying Week, schools across Knowsley have been holding events and taking part in a range of activities.
Anti-Bullying Alliance are the official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week, which took place Monday 13 – Friday 17 November. This year’s theme was Make a Noise About Bullying.
Anti-Bullying Community Cohesion Conference
24 Primary Schools from across the borough came together for the Anti-Bullying Community Cohesion Conference. The conference was hosted and organised by St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant and Junior Schools and was aimed at getting at schools and pupils to work collaboratively to ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’.
The conference was attended by Learning Mentors and pupil representatives from each of the schools. The pupil representatives were also advocates for Anti-Bullying Week in their own schools and were asked to share key messages and learnings from the event.
All the children who attended listened to a performance poet who acted out a scenario and they took part in various games, crafts and team building activities throughout the day.
This included a stand-up/sit-down bullying scenario game was played to gauge the children’s understanding of the definition of bullying. Working together in mixed groups the children discussed the different forms of bullying.
Pupils also learnt and performed an anti-bullying chant which they were tasked with leading in their own schools this week.
To raise awareness of bullying, a number of schools held assemblies and events. Some schools partnered with BullyBusters who delivered special assemblies highlighting the effects that bullying has on individuals and wider society.
Bullybusters CAMHS Support provides a responsive and effective service for those who are affected by or concerned about bullying in schools and the wider community.
The Prescot School also delivered assemblies on anti-bulling. They also used linked bullying and its impact into their Thought of the Week and character focus.
Odd Sock Day
On Monday 13 November, a number of schools including St Brigid’s Catholic Primary in Stockbridge Village, took part in Odd Sock Day.
Organised as part of Anti-Bullying Week by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Odd Sock Day is all about embracing individuality, acceptance and tolerance.
Odd Sock Day is organised in partnership with the stars of CBeebies and CBBC comedy drama ‘Andy and the Band’.
Yew Tree Academy in Halewood received a donation of festive kindness-themed books from Miller Homes in support of the school’s Anti-Bullying Week activities.
The school is located next to Miller Homes Wilbury Park development and the homebuilder has provided nearly 100 new books for the school library. They feature a range of titles focused on friendship, kindness, and spreading joy during the Christmas season, perfectly aligning with the school’s commitment to promoting a culture of empathy and respect among its students.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We want our schools and communities to be safe places where everyone is free to be who they are and live their lives to the full. Bullying has no place in this.
“I’m delighted to see the work that our schools are doing and the support provided by partners from across all sectors to educate our young people and raise awareness of the impact of bullying.”