United Against Bullying
National Anti-Bullying week 2020 ran from 16 to 20 November. The theme this year was ‘United Against Bullying’, looking at how we are all parts in a puzzle and all have a role to play in stopping bullying. National Anti-Bullying week is usually marked at RGS with large, whole school initiatives, and this year was no different, despite the current restrictions. Pupils were greeted on Monday morning with the TrilbyTV screens displaying important messages promoting Anti-bullying. These showed the different roles in bullying behaviour and challenged each pupil to be an ‘upstander’ – someone who takes action to help someone being bullied.
A highlight of the week’s activities was a whole school Assembly which was created by our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Last year we were lucky enough to have the Diana Award visit RGS and train fifteen students to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. These have now been joined by five Ambassadors from The Grange, meaning we are fortunate enough to have twenty Ambassadors, representing all sections of the Senior School. After introducing pupils to our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and the history of the Diana Award, the Assembly looked at what bullying is and the role of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors also set out their goals for the future. This year they would like to work towards the Wellbeing badge, which involves initiatives that look to improve wellbeing and mental health – a very worthwhile goal indeed.
Tutor time was also dedicated to talking about bullying and watching the anti-bullying alliance clip which sparked discussion on the more subtle forms of bullying, and what we can do to help. This is not always an easy topic, but one of such importance and one that is taken very seriously at RGS.
During this year we have witnessed an extraordinary sense of community spirit at RGS, and weeks like this remind us how important it is to be there for, and look after, each other.
Mrs Deborah Harkness
Head of Year Eight