This term we have explored the issue of bullying for National Anti-Bullying Week, focusing on the theme of ‘Change Starts with Us’. The Inclusion & Diversity Committee (IDC), made up of representatives from each tutor group in each year at the Senior School, therefore decided to come together to plan, create and present a whole school assembly to raise awareness to all.

The IDC focused their assembly on defining bullying, explaining a new meaning for VIP (Verbal, Indirect, Physical) to show us the various types of bullying, they shared a video clip to help us understand the bully’s perspective and described the difference between being a bystander and an upstander. They highlighted the impact of bystanding and 10 basic steps to become an upstander here at Embley, such as stopping harmful messages from spreading (on and offline), welcoming and including new people throughout the year, speaking up or seeking help if you see or hear about bullying behaviours towards others.

In PSHE lessons, pupils learnt about why bullying happens, the impact this can have on those being bullied and the ways we can combat bullying in school and online.

Year 7 and Year 8 then put their learning and creativity to the test by writing their own anti-bullying poetry and were awarded commendations for their excellent efforts and insight. Here are two particularly effective poems that cover the issues and feelings involved but also how we can/should be proactive upstanders and try to combat bullying:

Alone in the corner,
Nobody there,
People don’t think,
They just don’t care.

One kind word can make a day,
One bad word, do I even have to say?

It can ruin a life,
It can be worse than wounds from a knife.

So, just remember what they are going through,
The one who is mean, don’t let it be you!

Just remember, you are great,
Don’t retaliate, let them hate.

If they are mean, walk out the door,
If you do that, it’s correct for sure.

Tell someone you trust,
Stand up for yourself, if you must!

Don’t let them be mean, about your features,
Tell your friends, an adult, some teachers!

Get rid of bullying, let it die!
Why people bully, I don’t know why.

By Hannah (Year 7)

What we don’t know

B is for bullied, the one we all know,
The one that might never show,
They could be hurt in lots of different ways,
By some of which you may be dazed,
Try to help them, not just run away,
If you don’t try, it might never go away.

B is for bully, who you don’t know,
They could have been in a traumatic zone,
You may never of known their story behind,
The one that they think they need to hide,
Try to help them, not just run away,
If you don’t try, it might never go away.

B is for bystander, a rather unfamiliar word,
One that is pretty important in the world,
They stand around and don’t help when they see,
Another person being bullied miserably,
Try to help them, not just run away,
If you don’t try, it might never go away.

U is for upstander, another unknown one,
The person who has always shone,
They help when they see,
Another person being bullied miserably,
They try to help them, not just run away,
If you don’t try, it might never go away.

By Tegan (Year 7)


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