We look back on 2016 at the great stuff schools are doing to promote the anti-bullying message and awarded prizes and certificates to our winners.
The winners in the poetry competition were Charlie Thompson from East Herrington school in the Primary/Junior section, and Ashlie Whelan from Monkwearmouth School in the Secondary school section.
Other winners included;
Most innovative anti-bullying team;
Primary - Hillview Juniors (Hillview juniors think outside the box when it comes to raising awareness about bullying trying many different ideas such as balloon release, garden displays, rapping and competitions.)
Whole school approach to cyber safety;
Primary – Wessington (Have taken a proactive approach to cyber safety delivered a whole school assembly to fellow pupils and to parents and carers. Their safety street display is extremely informative and allows every child in the school to learn from the interactive displays on the dangers of online gaming and how to stay safe on line)
Secondary - Washington (Have developed short films on cyber safety which were delivered during National cyber safety week in February )
Anti-bullying team that has made links with the community;
Primary - Eppleton (Have developed a parent Anti bullying ambassadors group that work along with the children to present antibullying assemblies and class talks their primary role is to get the message out into the community which they do be running drop in sessions/ coffee mornings for parents on a weekly basis where any parent who needs support can be given the right advice or signposted to the appropriate person)
Secondary - St Aidans (The very proactive anti bullying team have reached out to parents for support in the community resulting in a 14 strong parent anti bullying team who are using their strengths and expertise to look at introducing conflict resolution techniques into school. The team also work in numerous primary schools during transistion to support new entrants into school)
School that has shown commitment to celebrating difference;
Primary - Usworth Colliery ( Usworth Colliery pupils are given many opportunities to learn about different cultures, faiths and beliefs. Pupils are encouraged to respect and celebrate difference. The library has a range of books which reflect the diverse voices present in our society today. Different types of families are promoted through a scheme of work in PHSE)
Secondary - Monument View Children’s group home (Have created an ethos with-in the home amongst young people and staff alike where everybody feels safe to express themselves as individuals and they can present their opinions without fear of ridicule or retribution in an open and positive setting culture.
Poetry Competition Primary - Macy Garrett (2) from Easington Lane Primary
Active anti bullying team - St Joseph’s Sunderland
Most innovative anti bullying team -Rickleton Primary
Whole school approach to cyber safety - East Herrington
Anti Bullying team that has made the most links with the community - Barnwell Primary
The school that has shown commitment to celebrating difference - Burnside Primary
Highly commended in the secondary category in our poetry competition - Katie Mc Hugh from Monkwearmouth
Here are the photos from our recent event at the council chambers to celebrate the wonderful work you all do in promoting the anti-bullying cause in schools. Below is the roll of honour to celebrate the winners
Most active anti bullying team
Winner primary - Hillview Junior School
Winner secondary - The Link School
Highly commended - Burnside Primary
Most innovative anti bullying team
Winner primary - Rickleton Primary School
winner secondary - Washington School
Highly commended - Hillview Junior School
Whole school approach to cyber safety
Winner primary - Usworth Colliery
Winner secondary - Venerable Bede
Highly commended - Lambton Primary and Kepier
Most links with the community
Winner primary - Valley road
winner secondary - New bridge academy
Highly commended - Eppleton Primary Academy
School or setting that has shown a commitment to celebrating difference and tackling LGBT bullying
winner primary - Oxclose academy
winner secondary - Southmoor Academy
Primary - St Anne’s primary
Secondary - St Aidan’s Catholic Academy
The winners of our develop an anti bullying drama competition were
Secondary - Southmoor Academy
Primary - Newbottle Primary Academy
And the anti-bullying ambassadors from Valley Road
The theme for this years childrens' conferences was celebrating diversity over 532 young people attended from 56 schools across the City. Evaluations so far show that all children found the conference to be thought provoking, inspiring and entertaining.
We launched our annual competition which this year is to develop and film a drama around difference. The fantastic prize for our 2 winners secondary and primary schools will be a day out at sunderland university studios to have their drama professionally produced, filmed and turned into a training resource by students from the university.
We had a keynote address each day from Mark Lloyd from the Learning Technologies Innovation Team and workshops from Jane Adamson, Jane Wheeler and Rick Stifter. We also had our Anti-Bullying photobooth and everyone had the chance to dress up as a super hero and say what they would do to stand up to bullies.
A huge thankyou to St Aidans, Hetton, Washington, Farringdon & Monkwearmouth for hosting the events and making us feel so welcome.
The celebration event took place on the 27th March 2015 in the council Chamber this was our 4th Celebration event since the group was formed in 2010.
The aim of the event was to recognise the efforts of schools and settings across the City who have demonstrated innovative and successful approaches to anti- bullying and to share good practice 98 pupils from 18 schools across the City attended.
Cllr Pat Smith formally welcomed everyone and the Mayor presented certificates and prizes to the winners.
There was an interactive keynote speech by Mark Lloyd, an anti-bullying drama by St Benet's school and a presentation from anti-bullying parent ambassadors.
We also introduced our anti bullying mascot who was named through a competition on the day as ' Tick Tock the anti-bullying clock '
For the first time this year we asked schools and settings to nominate themselves for an award in the following categories
1. Most Active anti-bullying team
2. Most innovative anti-bullying team
3. Whole school approach to cyber safety
4. Anti-bullying team that has made links with the wider community.
As there was such a high level of nominations and so many excellent examples of good practice a highly commended category was added.
The winners gave presentations on the procedures and practices in their school and then received their certificate from the Mayor. Our 2 competition winners also received their prizes from the Mayor
Anti-bullying leads were asked to complete an evaluation sheet; the very positive results are attached.
Next year we are considering awarding trophies instead of certificates Sunderland University has already agreed to sponsor these trophies which we are hoping will be made by students at the glass centre.