Mrs M. O’Connor, IT and Computing, writes:
Last week was Anti – Bullying Week 2017 and the students at Stanborough were busy promoting a key message; ‘All Different – All Equal’. This year’s theme focused on empowering young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique. The aim of the campaign is to help young people understand how important it is that everyone feels valued and included in school, allowing them to be themselves, without fear of bullying.
During our Year 7 to Year 10 IT & computing lessons, students displayed a mature approach to important topics. They discussed what makes us different from each other in a positive way and discussed things that could be used in a negative context, meaning people are not treated equally. Topics included race, gender, sexuality, family, culture, faith, age and where they live.
It was refreshing to hear students sharing their thoughts and opinions on what makes them ‘All Different, All Equal’, celebrating difference and equality. Each student demonstrated their understanding that we need to see and recognise difference, knowing that treating people the same won’t amount to treating people fairly. For people to experience true equality, we can’t just notice differences, we may have to take action to ensure people are given equal opportunities.
Our Year 7 students took part in our House competition; Anti – Bullying Week Wrist Band Challenge, showing their support by wearing their wristband every day of the week. The winners of the competition were 7 Offley, showing the most support, with 7 Sopwell a very close second. So that’s 100 points to Offley!
We encourage students to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments, where they can be themselves at Stanborough School. At Stanborough, it is Anti – Bullying Week every week!
Tilly North 9A “Think before you speak. You should always be unique, don’t let anyone change who you are.”
Sarah Pennell and Reece Ogeer-Ali 7BM “The lesson showed the effects of what happens during and after bullying.”