During the week commencing 13 November, students and staff at the College got involved in Anti-Bullying Week. This is an annual co-ordinated campaign; this year’s message was ‘All Different: All Equal’.
Anti-Bullying week is one of the most valuable events for the College community, with its key aims – guided by the Anti-Bullying Week Alliance – comprising:
- To empower young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
- To help young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
- To encourage parents to work with schools and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
- To enable teachers to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality, encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying and to creating safe and stimulating environments where children can be themselves.
In order to achieve – and sustain - these objectives, there were a range of activities held to encourage a greater sense of community across the Houses, including quizzes, tea parties, games and table tennis tournaments. One of the most appetising events, ‘Krispy Kreme Kompliments’, involved Peer Supporters handing out doughnuts with individual compliments for every member of the House.
Pupils’ differences were also celebrated, sharing cultural customs with one another and creating displays to show all the wonderfully varied countries House members come from. To further celebrate individualism, students across the College wore odd socks on the Friday as a symbol of their uniqueness.
Additionally, pupils in Houses looked at past and future behaviour. Each House had a ‘sorry box’, where they could write apologies to other pupils who they may have upset or worried. This enabled them to think about preventive steps against bullying, namely through their creation of a Year Code, which establishes a behavioural code of conduct for House members.
The week not only provided pupils with a fantastic opportunity to strengthen their existing House bonds but also to connect with people they may have had less chance to interact with.
We spoke to Frankie T, a Peer Supporter from the Upper Sixth, to find out more about the activities organised for Anti-Bullying Week:
What does your role as Peer Supporter entail?
As a Peer Supporter, I am seen as a person who any member of the school can talk to and often allow pressure to be lifted off their shoulders.
What have you and others been doing to celebrate the Anti-Bullying Week?
We have had an ‘odd sock day’ for the whole school, and in different Houses we have had plenty of different ideas. All Houses have embraced kindness and honesty; some have compliment boards up, where you are able to anonymously write good things about others no matter their year group, or if they work as a teacher or in the domestic staff. Other Houses have had pupils share random facts about themselves. The whole week has been a massive success and showed Lancing at its finest.
What would you say to younger pupils hoping to become a Peer Supporter?
Being a Peer Supporter is a rewarding role; it enables you to bring out the best in others but also in yourself. You gain an understanding that people react to different things in different ways. This is not a role one should take for granted; if you are looking to become a Peer Supporter it’s important to be kind, genuine and willing to speak to others.
Find out about our Peer Supporters here