This week is Anti Bullying Week. We take bullying very seriously at Christ Church and use Anti Bullying Week as a key tool to help raise awareness of the issues caused by bullying. We have a safe environment for children to learn and encourage pupils and parents to speak with us if they feel they have any issues around bullying. Alongside this, we help pupils during PSHE to develop strategies to deal with bullying and build confidence in addressing the issues.
The key aims of the week are...
- To empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online;
- To help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying;
- To encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying;
- To equip teachers to respond effectively when children tell them they’re being bullied; and
- To raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives if they don’t tell anyone it’s happening – or if they are not given appropriate support – with a focus on the impact on mental health.
We will run a host of assemblies and in class activities co-ordinated by Mrs McCormack. Keep your eyes open for photos which will appear here later in the week.