The theme of this years Anti-Bullying week was to encourage the students to stand up against bullying behaviour. Students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year attended workshops, facilitated by the Guidance Councillor Ms Weaver and Chaplain Ms Curtis. Students also had tutor classes that looked at defining bullying behaviour and how to deal with it. They looked at the role of the bystander and how they can stand up against bullying behaviour. The girls were also reminded of the support systems provided by the school and encouraged to talk to someone if they have been affected by a bullying incident or witnessed an incident.
The week started with the distribution of wrist-bands designed by the students showing their support against bullying behaviour - wording by 2nd years and image by Julia Chartienitz – 5th year.
This was followed later on in the week by the signing of an Anti Bullying Pledge, facilitated by the Student Council.
The Student Council also promoted the iwitness emoji, linked with cyber-bullying, following the theme of being an UPstander not a Bystander.
The website WEBWISE is an excellent source of information on the issues surrounding cyber-bullying and staying safe online and offers good links for parents and students. Please click https://www.webwise.ie/parents/cyberbullying-advice/ to view website.
The girls were also introduced to the school’s newly appointed Anti Bullying Ambassadors, Niamh Hickey, Suzanne Masterson, Líadan O’Hare, Isobel Byrne and Holly Hayes – all 5th years. The girls are part of our Wellbeing Committee and they attended a training course facilitated by the Diana Award.