This week is Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Shaw C of E Primary School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing and eradicating bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
Currently, our school has a comprehensive framework in place to prevent, counteract, and punish bullying. Throughout this week, children across the country will be taking part in lessons and activities that raise awareness of bullying, discuss how to identify it, and advise how to deal with it.
At Shaw, our staff and pupils are taking the opportunity to review and update our Mission Shaw Law. The Mission Shaw Law outlines what our rights and responsibilities are as members of the Shaw School community. The first of these 'laws' reads: "We will treat others with respect, be truthful, and help everyone to learn and be happy."
It then goes on to remind everyone about the values that help us to abide by this law. We refer to these values as our Mission Shaw Defence Shields, and they include 'forgiveness', 'truthfulness', 'service', 'respect', 'trust', 'justice', 'wisdom', 'compassion', 'generosity', 'peace', 'friendship', and 'responsibility'.
Alongside the other Melksham-based schools in The White Horse Federation, we are also exploring the possibility of providing training for some of our pupils as anti-bullying ambassadors who will help to keep everyone at their school happy and safe.
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.