Fulneck School hosts major Anti-Bullying event
The Anti-Bullying event led by the Diana Award – a national primary charity set up in the memory of Princess Diana – the students, aged between seven and 11, took part in a day-long series of mini-workshops and seminars at Fulneck School.
As part of the programme, the youngsters, who were taught to how to spot and prevent tell-tale signs of bullying, were trained up as anti-bullying ambassadors, as they explored the issue of bullying and exchanged ideas about how bullying can be prevented.
The main objectives of the day were for the young ambassadors to leave with an action plan aimed at creating a successful anti-bullying policy, and to be able to support their peers who experience bullying in school.
The morning started with ice-breakers and introductions, followed by an afternoon of action-planning and scenarios, as well as a series of hard-hitting videos highlighting the impact bullying can have on an individual.
The delegates were also encouraged to say motivational messages and talk about what they’ve learnt about bullying in a “big brother” style diary room.
Fulneck School’s Houry Stewart said: “We’ve been hosting the anti-bullying day for several years now, and it’s always a great success.
“The children have learned about bullying in what we believe is a creative and effective way. Today has taught them that they have the ability to change their school for the better.”
She added: “Overall, we want to leave our pupils feeling happy and safe within their schools and their communities. We hope today will contribute to that and we plan to continue supporting anti-bullying campaigns across the region.”
The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by the UK Government to act as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young people to change the world.
So far it has given almost 40,000 young people from across the UK special recognition through its award schemes.
Currently running in more than 600 primary and secondary schools, the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme trains young people across the United Kingdom to be anti-bullying ambassadors in their local communities, as well as the schools they attend.