Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

The wellbeing of Goffs-Churchgate students is integral to the school, and this includes our understanding of each child's needs. Although there isn't a significant issue at our school, bullying can have a detrimental effect on a child's learning. At the end of last year, Goffs-Churchgate assembled a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. We have a team of 13 Ambassadors, who range from Years 8 to 11, and they can be found all around the school. We all attended a training session lead by the Diana Award, teaching us how to act/respond in many difficult situations, involving bullying. As well as around the school, we can be found in 'Learning Plus' at break time, should any student want to discuss any concerns.

Ambassadors

One of the Ambassadors describes her role:

"My role in the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Team is to promote awareness of bullying and present assemblies about what my colleagues and I are doing. Since I joined the school in 2018, I have experienced a safe environment, one in which I can thrive in and I want that to be the case for all students at Goffs-Churchgate Academy. I am proud of my school and what they are doing to help tackle bullying and help those who have been affected by it. If you have any questions/problems, you can see one of us"

Goffs-Churchgate has committed to the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s 10 Key Principles to reduce and respond to bullying. All staff and students have agreed to use this as a clear ethos about how we treat others as a community.

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Anti-Bullying Poetry

As part of our Anti-Bullying Week (November 2019), the school held a poetry competition.  The winning poems are below:

KINDNESS HAS NO COST

Kindness has no cost,

It really is a special thing.

It is amazing, what happiness,

Just one phrase can bring.

A smile at a stranger,

Holding open a door,

Can make them more uplifted,

Than they were before.

There are people that will listen,

People that will lend a hand.

Just know you won’t be alone,

They’ll be there where you stand.

 

Caitlyn Gallagher-Blake (Year 7)

I am a person

 

Behind her smile is sorrow

Behind her laugh is fear

Behind her face is anger

Behind her eyes are tears

 

She knows they all talk about her

She feels the weight of their eyes

She just keeps her head down

At night, all she does is cry

 

Never seems to be accepted

Wishes they’d all just go away

Or that she’d just fall asleep

And in her dreams, shed stay

 

At night she wonders to herself

What do they possibly gain?

By causing her this heartbreak

To see her in constant pain

 

Remember once it’s said it’s always there

They might laugh, brush it off

But what you don’t realise is

That in their mid it’ll sty

 

Another girl drained

Another soul torn apart

Another family broken

Because you had a cold heart

#STOPBULLYING

Courtney Cook Year 11

 

See That Girl

See that girl,

The one with the smile,

Do you know she’s been hurting for a while?

 

See that boy,

The one who’s alone,

Do you know what he did when he got home?

 

See that girl,

The one you made cry,

Do you know that she wanted die?

 

See that boy,

The one you called gay,

Do you know that he just wanted to play?

 

See all the people that you made suffer,

They went and came back tougher,

You’re not alone if you need help,

Tell someone they’ll know how you felt.

 

Cheyenne Winter Year 9

 

SUPPORT AGENCIES/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Anti-bullying Alliance - the alliance brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying.  Their website has a parent section with links to recommended organisations who can help with bullying issues www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

 

Kidscape

www.kidscape.org.uk

02077303300

 

Childline – advice and stories from children who have survived bullying

08000 1111

 

Bullying on line

www.bullying.co.uk

 

Parentline Plus – advice and links for parents www.parentlineplus.org.uk

08088002222

 

Parents against Bullying

01928 576152

 

Useful sources of information

 

Stonewall - the gay equality organisation founded in 1989. Founding members include Sir Ian McKellen. www.stonewall.org.uk.

 

Cyberbullying.org - one of the first websites set up in this area, for young people, providing advice around preventing and taking action against cyberbullying.  A Canadian based site www.cyberbullying.org

 

Chatdanger - a website that informs about the potential dangers online (including bullying), and advice on how to stay safe while chatting www.chatdanger.com

 

Think U Know - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), has produced a set of resources around internet safety for secondary schools www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

Know IT All for Parents – a range of resources for primary and secondary schools by Childnet International.  Has a sample family agreement www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents

 

Transgender - Information regarding transgender students www.transkids.synthasise.com

 

Mermaids - Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

 

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