This week, Monday, 16 – Friday, 20 November is ‘Anti-Bullying’ week, and staff and students at Ivybridge Community College have been involved in many ways.
In aid of raising funds and awareness of Anti-Bullying week various activities have taken place, including, ‘Odd Socks Day’, with staff and students alike embracing the opportunity to impress with their quirky and colourful creations! Sales of Pride and Anti-Bullying wristbands and cake sales also raised funds to go towards The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign.
Years 12 and 13 BTEC Performing Arts students produced a fantastic video entitled ‘How do you cope with struggle?’ which was shown to all Year Groups in their morning assemblies.
Morgan Keenan, in Year 12, who was part of the video project said, “The anti-bullying project as a whole was something that I immediately knew had to be conducted with care due to the sensitivity of the subject. When it comes to the topic of bullying, someone always has a story to tell and I really wanted to highlight that in the video. We conducted interviews with our family and friends where they discussed the question of “how do you cope with struggle”? We really wanted to emphasise in the video that bullying affects everyone, no matter who they are, and that people who get bullied are not alone.
We want everyone to know that there are people out there who will help them, whether that be their family, friends, teachers or even our very own anti-bullying ambassadors at the College. I believe that every student in the College deserves to feel safe and accepted and I wanted to draw attention to this as I felt that it would have an impact on students who do feel unaccepted. I want every student who's ever felt alone or afraid or isolated to watch the video and know that there are people throughout the College, in every Year Group who will lend an ear to them when times are rough. I want every student to know the effects of bullying and what this abuse can do to people in the long run. I want every student to know that they are not alone.”
“Anti-Bullying week is always a cause we feel strongly about as a College and it was especially important to us that we continued to raise awareness in this challenging year. A huge thank you to all of the staff and students that have been involved in leading a range of activities – raising funds and ensuring that everyone in the College community feels valued and has a voice.” Kelly Olive, Deputy Principal