In mid-September 2015 3 men came to our school, Kev, Liam and Luke. It was the start of 2 fabulous days.
Firstly we watched Liam’s video about young people in care. We explored the emotions felt by the young people in care and thought about how Liam had got his message across through acting and music.
We discussed what bullying is, who does it and how and when children and young adults can be bullied. We brainstormed to identify emotions felt by the victims of bullying.
Liam demonstrated how to stack words so that we could start to rap. He gave us part of a rap and we had to finish it. It was very tricky!! We discussed in more detail the emotions felt by people who are victims of bullying. We created a ginger bread man of words and sentences. The words inside the gingerbread man were the emotions and the words outside were the actions felt by our bodies during these often difficult times. We used this vocabulary to write our own raps which we performed as a group.
The next day we planned out, in our groups, a short video showing a bullying scene. We each had an acting role and discussed the best ways to get our message across, using the film-making experience of Kev and Liam. We all came up with a nice simple catchphrase which was “Just don’t do it!”
We each took part in an interview to share our own experiences of bullying and identified ways in which we can STAMP out bullying for children here at Eastfield.
Kev and Liam took away all of our ideas and films and edited our anti-bullying video.
Our work still continued after the workshop by recruiting some anti-bullying ambassadors who are a visual presence on the playground to combat any bullying issues that may arise. If any suspected issues are identified we gather the evidence, speak to the victim and inform our teachers. Our job is to make sure the playground is a safe and happy environment for all children, making sure no-one is left alone or upset, they have us to talk to.
We also have done assemblies to the whole of our school, to inform and educate the children so they are aware of what to do if or when you feel you are being bullied.
We continue this work everyday.
Together we can STAMP OUT bullying so Just Don’t Do It!