This year’s Anti-bullying theme – The Future is Ours – Safe, Fun and Connected – calls on all children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying – using new technologies to promote positive communication and relationships rather than being held back by cyber bullying.
At Ralph Sadleir, we intend to use Anti-Bullying Week, 18th – 22nd November 2013, as an opportunity to raise greater awareness of the damaging effects of bullying on the lives of young people and to bring about positive change and to ensure all children and young people are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviour wherever it happens – whether face to face or in cyberspace.
Our key aims this year are to:
- Raise awareness of the effects of bullying on the lives of young people – both in the short and long term.
- Encourage young people to challenge bullying wherever it happens – whether in school, in sport, in other activities or in cyberspace. Make sure that all children feel confident to take part without bullying or intimidation.
- Empower young people to take the lead in bullying prevention in all areas of school life including sports and extra-curricular activities.
- Take active steps to support children who may have been affected by bullying.
- Create opportunities for young people to use their unique skills and talents to send a clear message that The Future is Ours – Safe, Fun and Connected.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. We have a duty to protect young people from deliberate unkindness, intimidation or aggression in any form.
Clear intent to cause hurt is treated very seriously at Ralph Sadleir. Students must also recognise that, even when they feel that have simply been joking and have not deliberately set out to hurt the feelings or welfare of others, they can still be seen as falling below what Ralph Sadleir expects of its students, and thus be liable to disciplinary action.
Finally, we all have a duty to act and to follow up any reports of unacceptable behaviour. Students and parents have a responsibility to help us to act by keeping us informed. Without such help, school action cannot be effective. Moreover, parents are advised that parent to parent action, rather than through the mediation of the school, can make situations worse.
Thank you for your support.
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Everyone is familiar with the above chant. Do you agree that names can never hurt? What damage can name-calling do?
Anti-Bullying Week 2011 (14-18 November) focused on verbal bullying – using words to deliberately cause someone hurt and distress.
Please click here to read our verbal bullying letter from 2011-12.
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If you have any further questions on Anti-Bullying at Ralph Sadleir, please contact Mrs S Davey (PSHE Co-ordinator)