Year 7 make a noise about anti-bullying
On Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th July, the five Year 7 forms gathered at lunchtime to present their perspectives and thoughts on bullying and how to stop it.
As well as participating with my own form (7Au) I was able to watch other people’s performances and I must say: they were all amazing! This competition was aimed at Year 7 and marked the beginning of our Anti-bullying initiatives in the lead up to Anti-bullying Week in November 2023. There were a variety of very different presentations such as Powerpoint presentations and performances/drama pieces. I was very pleased with the effort and contribution of all the forms that participated. I asked to introduce this competition to Year 7 to help pupils improve their understanding of bullying. The competition asked pupils to look at different types of bullying e.g. cyberbullying and how we can find ways to combat this.
Just after Easter 2023, BHGS appointed some pupils like me as Anti-bullying Ambassadors. This new group is made up of a representative from each Form, from Year 7 all the way through to 6th Form! The Anti-bullying Ambassador’s role is to help others speak out if they are a victim of bullying, work with pupils in other schools on Anti-Bullying and help to shape our Anti-Bullying Policy to ensure people know how to report bullying and get the support and help they need. Mrs Mansfield, the Head of Pastoral Care, has been there to guide us and help us expand our knowledge for the role. She has worked very hard to train us and to get other staff to also help, so this competition and role wouldn’t have happened without her lead.
For this competition, our panel of judges was made of Mrs Mansfield and Mrs Gillham with prizes of chocolates and lots of House points for the winners and the runners up. It was a very hard and tough decision to make as all the Forms did brilliantly but the top 2 winners were… in 1st place, 7Au and in 2nd place, 7 Parr. Their performances were very different but both got the message across really well. One was a drama performance and the other was a presentation with great oracy and many factual points about bullying. Other forms also got some additional House points for participation. It was great to hear Year 7 ‘Make a Noise about bullying!’