Reach out for Perse Anti-Bullying Week
The Perse community will be encouraged to ‘Reach Out’ to each other during Anti-Bullying Week.
‘Reach Out’ is the basis of this week’s national campaign, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and aimed at empowering people to do something positive to stop bullying.
A week of events has been arranged by the Perse Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABA) around the theme, starting today with Odd Socks Day.
Pupils are invited to wear non-matching socks to school as a celebration of difference and individuality with a special prize being awarded for the most unique pair during the lunchtime Hub session – a weekly gathering organised by the ABA and the Peer Mentors in the Loft promoting positive student mental health and wellbeing.
Today also marks the launch of a podcast with ABA members reflecting on themes of bullying and inclusion. The podcast can be found on Apple, Spotify and most other platforms. If you are unable to access via these platforms, please listen here.
Friendly football fun will be kicking off tomorrow with pupils encouraged to show off their keepie-uppie skills in Ellison Court at lunchtime.
On Wednesday, students will be invited to write ‘paperchain pledges’ of how they plan to stand up to bullying, with the links being joined together to form as long a chain as possible.
A positivity graffiti wall will also open in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre (PAC), with pupils having the chance to pen messages of hope and solidarity.
Year 7 pupils will take part in dedicated workshops run by the ABA on Thursday, featuring anti-bullying presentations and activities.
The week will be rounded off with ‘Feelgood Friday’ in the PAC foyer, featuring a fun photo booth and lots more.
Perse ABA co-ordinator Alison Stewart said there would also be a series of year group anti-bullying assemblies led by ABA members to spread the ‘Reach Out’ message.
She added: “The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have done a great job organising all the events taking place this week.
“They all revolve around the idea of standing up for each other – being an upstander rather than a bystander – and standing up to bullying and we hope it will be a successful week.”