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The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Day 2018
On the 6th of December, the anti-bullying team were invited to ambassador training where we studied the meaning, the cause and the effect of bullying. There are different forms of bullying happening inside and outside of schools across the country and we looked at how it changes one person's life instantly.
During the event we took part in an opening activity which was a game of ‘would you rather’. This helped us to get ready for the day and know more about what we would be covering. We also did another activity where we interacted with different schools by writing compliments about them. Personally, this was one of my favourite activities because we were able to talk to them and find out what they do as a school to stop bullying happening. By writing compliments about each other we proved that one compliment can put a smile on someone’s face. Additionally, we did few role plays based on bullying and what it is like to be bullied constantly. Not only did we learn about what bullying means but also the sudden changes that a bully can bring into their lives.
As the day was fast moving, we completed a booklet which was about, what an Anti-bullying Ambassador will want to do and how important it is for us. The book-let gave information about how to stay safe online and what to do if someone is being bullied. For example, tell a trusted adult, don’t fight back (physically, or verbally) remain calm, keep on telling or speaking out to people who can support you and many more. These different forms were then passed onto students as it would direct them what to do. Towards the end we all chose a leader that will represent Aylesbury Vale Academy which was Miruthigaa Jayakumar who will be representing the school. As a leader I presented the different campaign ideas that we will be doing throughout the year. This will be one form of spreading aware-ness.
Overall, the Anti-Bullying training was an amazing opportunity to find out more about bullying and what we as school can do to pre-vent such problems occurring. The day was fun and interactive when completing a range of activities such as writing compliments for each other, role plays that rep-resent bullying and the different solutions. This opportunity taught me what I can do and how to help other students when they need support. It also taught me that one compliment can put a smile on someone's face.
By: Miruthigaa Jayakummar, Year 12
Anti-Bullying Week w/c 12th November 2018
In Aylesbury Vale Academy we have Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who are upstanders for bullying and as a team they work together to try to tackle bullying. During w/c 12th November 2018 AVA Anti-Bullying Ambassadors got together to promote anti-bullying awareness through various activities throughout the week.
The following article was written by two of our ambassadors.
By Alishba & Alexandra
Odd Sock Day
On Monday 12th November 2018 we held Odd Sock day in Aylesbury Vale Academy both Secondary and Primary in which we had to come to school wearing odd socks and had to give in a pound for the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Throughout the whole week, in the Secondary we also sold Anti-Bullying wristbands. It was a tremendous success. We raised over £300 for the charity.
Anti-Bullying Poster Competition
During tutor times we took part in special activities– for example year 8 and 9 had an Anti-Bullying poster competition. Each tutor group made an Anti-Bullying pledge to be displayed around school.
On Thursday 15thNovember 2018 the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors split up into 2 groups and delivered assemblies, one of the groups did an assembly to the Primary years 1,2 & 3 and the other group did 4,5 & 6. They were very excited and really enjoyed it.
On Friday 16thNovember 2018 we presented an Anti-Bullying assembly to our year 7s in Aylesbury Vale Academy and it was amazing. We shared our knowledge hoping that if they see bullying, they will stand up to it and know what to do.
Everyone has the right to learn and work in a school community free from discrimination or harassment and where, fundamentally, they feel safe. The Aylesbury Vale Academy prides itself on having low annual levels of reported incidents that might be classified as ‘bullying’; and most of these appear to start as problems outside the school gate or online at home or in the community. However, we recognise that the stresses placed on those that are bullied can have a detrimental effect on making progress. All of this can have far reaching effects on their emotional health, well-being, attendance, educational successes and subsequent life chances.
The Aylesbury Vale Academy works with staff, students and parents to create an inclusive learning community and it is one where any form of bullying is not tolerated. We have a number of strategies to encourage others to tell us about incidents of bullying so we are able to effectively offer support to those experiencing the bullying and to ensure those carrying out the bullying stop.
Types of bullying:
- Verbal abuse – name calling and gossiping
- Non-verbal abuse – hand signs or text messages, emails, messaging
- Emotional abuse – threatening or intimidating someone
- Exclusion – deliberately ignoring or isolating someone
- Undermining – constantly criticising or spreading rumours
- Physical assaults – hitting and pushing, punching or having aggressive contact
- Cyber-bullying – this form of bullying is becoming much more prevalent with the rise of social networking and use of mobile internet devices such as phones and tablets.
In order for the Academy to take action, we need to know. We recognise not every student feels comfortable speaking to their tutor, Achievement Director or any other member of staff, or that every parent would want to ring the Academy or email a concern. In order to overcome that potential barrier to communication and ultimately offering support to a young person, we have set up the following email address to enable students or parents/carers to report their concerns directly to us.
The email address for reporting incidents of bullying is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyber-bullying can be defined as “the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the internet, deliberately to upset someone else‟. More specifically, it can be defined as:
- Actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm another
- use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
- use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging, SMS text messaging or apps such as Snapchat with the intention of harming another person.
It can be an extension of face-to-face bullying, with technology providing the bully with another route to harass their target. However, it differs in several significant ways from other kinds of bullying: the invasion of home and personal space; the difficulty in controlling electronically circulated messages; the size of the audience; perceived anonymity; the profile of the person doing the bullying and their target.
It is important to state that cyber bullying can very easily fall into criminal behaviour under the Communications Act 2003, Section 127 which states that electronic communications which are grossly offensive or indecent, obscene or menacing, or false, used again for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another could be deemed to be criminal behaviour. Section 127 can be used as an alternative offence to such crimes for example as hate crime (including race, religion, disability, homophobic, sexual orientation, and transphobic crime), hacking offences, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, amongst others.
If the behaviour involves the use of taking or distributing indecent images of young people under the age of 18 then this is also a criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Outside of the immediate support young people may require in these instances, the Academy will have no choice but to involve the police.
Please find AVA's anti-bullying policy below.