New Buddy Bench at KS1
Although we have a buddy bench in School, the ABC had commented that there was no designated buddy bench for KS1children yet on their playground. They held a whole school cake sale to raise funds for this so our youngest children will have another way to indicate that they might be feeling lonely and others can help them.
Odd Socks Day
This is a new initiative and was very popular with all! The meaning of this day was to celebrate everyone's uniqueness and individuality as the children and staff alike got to express their quirky perssonalities through their socks. We aim to spread the message that it is cool to be different and this is what makes us interesting!
This session is run weekly by ABC members to give children who might be finding playtimes difficult for different reasons with a quiet place to have a chat and enjoy some games and activities together.
This hugely popular event helped to reinforce messages about how kindness is so important and bullying unacceptable. Everyone joined in and had a lot of fun! Photos from the day are displayed in school.
Year 1 Anti-Bullying Workshop
This was run by the Y4 members of the ABC for all the children in Y1. The title of the workshop was ‘Making Friends and Staying Friends’. The aim of this was for the children to recognise some key friendship skills and how to stay friends by listening to each other for example. The children also thought about who they would turn to for help if a friend was in trouble. The Y1 children had a chance to watch some role play by the ABC to underline their message and worked in groups to brainstorm what the ideas would mean to them.
Year 3 New Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training
This training was for all the new ABC members. In it we looked at the qualities that make a good anti-bullying ambassador, the role of the ABC at Sacred Heart School, our school definition of bullying and also some role play of different situations and thinking about what could be done to help children. The children also had the chance to play some fun games in which we underlined how everyone is special in our school.
Anti-Bullying Upskill Training
Some of our experienced anti-bullying ambassadors attended this new training in which they had the opportunity to work with students from other schools to gain more knowledge about bullying issues. They learnt about mediation and public speaking and had the chance to network best practice and share ideas about how this could be used at Sacred Heart School. It was a really exciting day!
Everyone enjoyed our latest Smile Day at School. The aim behind this is to help everyone feel positive and happy at school. The ABC led the way in this as Smile Ambassadors and awarded stickers for the best smiles all day.
Anti-Bullying Video Policy
The ABC aim to spread our anti-bullying message in as many ways as possible. Check out their video policy for children giving some top tips and information about what bullying is, what to do if you are a target of bullying and how school will help.
Anti- Bullying Ambassadors Showcase
Tich from the Anti Bullying Ambassadors programme, run by the charity The Diana Award, visited our school to find out about our Anti Bullying Ambassadors and their work in school. We are used as a case study school by them.
Tea With Mrs Cullen
As part of our regular schedule of events run by the ABC, children who have been nominated by the ABC for various acts of kindness around the school are invited for tea and cakes with Mrs Cullen, our Headteacher.
The ABC lead assemblies across the whole school to raise awareness of bullying and what can be done by everyone to stop it.
Leading Staff Meetings
The ABC share training that they have had with the staff. Their latest staff meeting dealt with anti-bullying policies, mediation skills and also planning future actions for anti-bullying work. They have also run meetings on the difference between intervention and prevention when dealing with bullying, wellbeing ideas and actions.
Anti-Bullying Workshop Y5
This workshop helped the children to recognise the unique qualities that everyone has. The ABC performed a short play about the effect of unkind or thoughtless words and actions and how these can stay with an individual for a lifetime. They also shared the 'Apple Experiment' - the message being that although the damage of unkind words cannot be seen, it is deep and far reaching.
Transition Workshop for Y2
The Y3 ABC ambassadors led this workshop for Y2 as they make the move to Y3 in September. The aim of this was to address any worries, concerns or questions that they have about the move to KS2. This involved having a tour of key areas, lots of information sharing and the chance to ask plenty of questions!
This was a day to promote and celebrate kindness to others. There were lots of activities going on throughout the whole school, both in the playground and in classrooms for all ages. Please see the gallery for pictures of the day.
Diana Award Traning
On 22nd April, even more children took part in a one day training session run by the Diana Award. Children aged from 8 to 10 worked in bubble groups and acquired vital skills to enable them to change attitudes and behaviours regarding bullying and built their skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and off.
The programme has a strong peer to peer focus, with trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to tackle bullying long after the training has finished. The Diana Award's anti-bullying work is recognised as world class thanks to this sustainable approach.
The training looked at bullying in different situations including face to face and online. At the end of the day, children made an action plan of how to appraoch issues and committed to their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
They were excited to share their ideas with the rest of the ABC at their regular meeting and plan next steps!