Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
At the Ridgeway, we are completing 2 mentoring sessions, our anti-bullying prefects are producing a short video to discuss banter vs bullying and performing a whole school assembly. We have also been using resources and videos from the anti-bullying alliance.
Assistant Principal, Mr Thomas Pittaway said: "At The Ridgeway we encourage diversity and have a zero tolerance on all forms of bullying. This week/fortnight gives us an opportunity to bring this to the forefront and work as a whole school community to combat bullying."
The theme for this year’s Anti-bullying Week is ‘United Against Bullying’. The ABA worked with more than 300 young people and 100 members of school staff to decide upon this theme, which has the following aims:
“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge."
"Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference."
"We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.