Last week the school focused on Anti-Bullying Week – Choose Respect and reviewed our commitment to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
At our school EVERYONE has an important part to play in discouraging and preventing bullying from happening. Whenever the opportunity arises it must be made clear that we will not tolerate bullying. Children must be encouraged to tell adults, be given strategies for self-help and staff must always be observant
During the week we talked about the variety of methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as well as what is bullying?
We believe that bullying behaviours are Several Times On Purpose and therefore need to STOP. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.
Bullying can be:
Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
Racial – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Homophobic – because or focusing on the issue of sexuality
Verbal – indirect or direct name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
Cyber – All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room, the misuse of mobile threats by text messaging & calls etc
During the week some children made some posters too.