St Keyna pupils say 'no' to bullying

Published on: 03 May 2013

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St Keyna pupils say 'no' to bullying

Pupils at St Keyna Primary who won a £600 grant from B&NES Council for their ideas to stop bullying have been working hard to put their plans into action and held an Anti-Bullying Day on April 19. St Keyna Anti-Bullying Day

The day’s message was “It’s okay to be different” and activities, devised by the children, included a poster competition, short films, putting together a “What to do if you’re being bullied” leaflet and creating a large mural featuring their drawings.

Kate Murphy, chair of B&NES Anti-Bullying Strategy Group, joined a special assembly on the day to help hand out certificates to pupils to celebrate their acts of kindness and new books chosen by a Year 5 student on the theme of diversity were given to each class.

Kate Murphy said: “I have been very impressed with all the pupil-led anti-bullying activities at St Keyna. Pupils, staff, governors and parents are working hard together to make their school an even safer, healthier and happier place and are leading the way in terms of equalities and inclusive practice.”

In the afternoon, a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils raised £200 selling cakes, keyrings, stickers, bookmarks and wristbands, all with an anti-bullying message, with some of the profits being donated to ChildLine. St Keyna Anti-Bullying Day

Ashleigh and Caitlyn said: “It’s been fun working with the younger children and all the efforts to stop bullying show that we care for each other.”

Head of St Keyna, Adrienne Hughes, was delighted at how the day had gone: “There’s been an amazing variety of ideas generated by the children to put across the anti-bullying message and they’ve worked fantastically well together to make it a day to remember.”

The week also saw the first meeting of the E Team – a group of children who’ve been elected by their classmates, staff and governors to ensure that the positive messages of equality and inclusion are continued.

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