National Anti-Bullying Week Next week is National Anti-Bullying Week. Our Anti-Bullying Support Team, a group of Year 10 students who are on a mission to stop bullying and support students who feel they may be being bullied, are all set to help make as much noise as possible at Penrice next week. They met this week with Miss Seberry to discuss creating posters for information, and talking to students across the school during registration. Your ABS Team is: Melissa, Kian, Bradley, Milo, Casey, Alice, Jack, Amber and Lucy, with Miss Seberry. The main aims of the week are: · To empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online; · To help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying; · To encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying; · To equip teachers to respond effectively when children tell them they’re being bullied; and · To raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives if they don’t tell anyone it’s happening – or if they are not given appropriate support – with a focus on the impact on mental health. The Anti-bullying Support Team will set up mediation sessions in the Student Family Centre at break times, to help resolve friendship issues. Form Tutors can request a session with the Team for their students and then a meeting is arranged. Look out for more on Anti-Bullying Week next week and read more here.