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.
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.
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
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
Childline – advice and stories from children who have survived bullying
Bullying on line
Parentline Plus – advice and links for parents www.parentlineplus.org.uk
Parents against Bullying
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/