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Anti-Bullying Week 2022

25 November 2022

Children, young people and staff across Witherslack Group recently celebrated Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year’s theme focused on coming together and reaching out to stop bullying, 'Reach Out.'

Cedar House School

At Cedar House School, pupils celebrated Anti-Bullying Week by designing their own meaningful posters promoting the theme 'Reach Out.' The week was a huge success as everyone from the school celebrated positive relationships, helping them understand the importance of reaching out to others.

Chilworth House School

Pupils from Chilworth House School kick-started their week with a whole school assembly, where they learned how to identify bullying and how to help.  

During the assembly, they recognised times when they may have been bullied or felt they were acting like bullies, and its effects.  They also discussed the meaning of the proverb ‘The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth,’ and its relevance to how bullies might feel.

The anti-bullying theme continued throughout the week in their various subjects, and pupils are already looking forward to celebrating their very own Anti-Bullying Week, in the Spring of 2023.

Chilworth House Upper School

Over at Chilworth House Upper School, pupils and staff kick-started their anti-bullying celebrations with Odd Socks Day. It's an opportunity for children and young people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and explore what makes us all unique.  

Pupils from Classes 7X and 7Y got the opportunity to design some colourful socks, which they displayed around their classrooms. 

As part of their weeklong celebrations, they continued the anti-bullying theme with a whole school assembly, where Assistant Head Teacher, Darren Parker focused on the impact of bullying, sparking discussions. During their PSHE lessons, pupils concentrated on solutions, and the Student Council team designed ways to continue their initiative by providing quotes which highlighted their determination to create an anti-bullying culture.  Here are some of their suggestions. 

"….we should come together and give pupils the time they need with staff and anti-bullying representatives"

"At both sites, we should have an anonymous box for pupils to put their comments in. This should be collected by anti-bullying representatives"

"…if we notice bullying, we shouldn’t just ignore it, but support the victim. If you think that it is too much, get an adult involved.."

Teacher, Donna Peace commented on the week's events:

"I think this week has been a great initiative and definitely encouraged our pupils to express any comments or concerns they have.  We will keep this going!"

Hall Cliffe School

Pupils from Hall Cliffe School celebrated by creating meaningful posters using anti-bullying slogans and enjoyed designing their own socks for Odd Socks Day. It's an opportunity for children and young people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and explore what makes us all unique.  

The school prides itself on having a no bullying policy, and pupils have pledged this will last a lifetime, with one pupil commenting:

"Bullying is not right, it shouldn't happen, it doesn't make me feel nice when I see this happening. I want to make this my mission to stop it from happening all over the world."

The Grange Learning Centre

At The Grange Learning Centre, to prepare the week, they gathered votes for the Anti-Bullying Alliance School Staff Awards.    

As part of this topic, pupils were asked to nominate a staff member who they felt consistently went above and beyond in raising awareness of bullying within their setting.  Votes were counted, and the staff member receiving the most votes was Pastoral Manager, Emily Byrne.  

On receiving this information, they were asked why they thought Emily deserved this award. One pupil commented:

"She always makes sure bullying is sorted.  I know I am safe at school and I can talk to her if I am worried about bullying."

They also celebrated Odd Socks Day by taking part in The Big Anti-bullying Assembly, where they decorated odd socks with anti-bullying slogans, posted letters of positivity and engaged in various other activities from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

The week was celebrated with great enthusiasm, helping everyone to recognise the importance of being kind and supportive to one another.   

Great work everyone!


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