The pupils and staff at Markyate Village School believe there is no place for any forms of bullying in school. The Government has not set out a legal definition of bullying. However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
- intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion or gender
It takes many forms and can include: physical hurting, teasing, making threats, name calling or cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger)
Here at Markyate Village School, we have an Anti-Bullying Policy that makes it clear that no forms of bullying will be acceptable in our school. This year we have 12 new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABA), from years 2 to 6, who support all the children in keeping our school a safe, kind and bullying-free environment for everyone. Here's why they became ambassadors:
I would like to be an Ambassador because I respect people. Anti-Bullying is important because we are all different.
Maisie, year 2
I would like to be an ABA because everybody deserves to feel happy and safe at school. As an ABA, I hope that people can come and talk to me when they are feeling sad.
Emilia, year 3
I, Poppy, would like to be an ABA because I am kind, caring and helpful. I also want to be an ABA because I can be there to listen and help when needed.
Poppy, year 3
I really want to be an ABA as I want to help others by being kind, a good listener and showing responsibility around school. Everyone should be happy at school.
Jude, year 3
I want to be an Ambassador because I want to try to help people. I also want to educate my peers to prevent any bullying situations.
Diamond year 4
I wanted to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador to stop bullies. I know we don't have a lot of bullies in our school but I still wanted to make sure everyone is happy and safe. I wouldn't mind if anyone had any problems and needed to tell me. If you see anyone being bullied or if you're bullied tell me because I will stop them!
Autumn, year 4
I wanted to be an ABA because I think it is very bad that people get bullied for their different looks or accents. Just thinking about them having to deal with that everyday constantly is horrible. So I want to stop that. That is why I wanted to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador.
Holly, year 5
I wanted to be an ABA because I feel that it is not right for people to be bullied and it is not good to bully anyone. I also wanted to be an ABA because I do not like to see people being bullied and I would like to stop it bullying.
Ace, year 5
Firstly, I think I will be a great ABA because I can be really funny and make people happy. As well as that, I have encountered a bully before with my friend and I really helped him and made positive comments. Finally, I think I can be an ABA because I like helping people.
Fraser, year 6
Anti-Bullying Week 16th - 20th November 2020
As part of Anti-Bullying Week, we all talked about how we can make sure that bullying never happens in our school. The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors made posters, we talked about the big Anti-Bullying Assembly and we wore odd socks on Thursday to show that it is great to be different!
We also listened to the Odd Socks song! https://youtube/c6hR6rTHFSk
Markyate Village School has signed up to the Diana Anti-Bullying Programme for training, resources and teaching initiatives for young people. You can visit the Diana Anti-Bullying website at: https://diana-award.org.uk/anti-bullying/
The Anti-Bullying Alliance also has a range of resources for children, parents and schools. They can be found at: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/