Preventing Bullying – every year the College Council run a campaign to promote the prevention of bullying and the hurt it can cause. The College also uses Faith Days each year to promote the gospel values of the College and to educate the students on issues such as bullying.
“I understand that bullying is deliberate behaviour that hurts other people. This may be physical, verbal or emotional hurt. It may include using mobile phones or the internet to cause hurt.I understand what bullying is and what it does to others. I am not a bully and I will never condone anyone who bullies others.I will help make All Hallows Catholic College bully free”. Back in 2011 we had 905 staff and students of All Hallows signed this pledge as part of National Anti-Bullying Week. The words were written by Year 10 students. In 2015-16 the College Council produced a mural in which all students and staff will add a finger print. The end result was a teardrop – a powerful symbol you will agree. We have also had a plane fly over our College at the same time as the students were on the field spelling out the message “All Hallows is against bullying”.
Our e-mail help service – “Being Me”
For many years our College has had an email address called email@example.com for students and parents to report bullying issues if required. Some students may experience other difficulties that also require some help and support, but are not bullying issues as such. These difficulties may be connected to something that is going on in their life at present, or something they are struggling to deal with.
For this reason the College set up back in 2014 another confidential email address called firstname.lastname@example.org for students to use should they find themselves in need of help, support and guidance. Emails are read by a senior member of staff who will then seek out other staff volunteers to offer the help and support that is required.
All Hallows is against homophobic bullying
The College became a Stonewall Champion School in 2014 and works with students to tackle homophobic bullying. Our Principal delivered anti-homophobic assemblies to our students and Mr Blades attended a Stonewall Conference in London where we became a Champion School. We supported the Stonewall No Bystanders Campaign. See www.nobystanders.org.uk for more details and a thought provoking video that some students may have seen.
Together we can stamp out all forms of bullying is a common message heard in assemblies and in classes here at All Hallows.
All Hallows support mental health
The College Council launched a big push on mental health awareness in 2018 after receiving training from local support groups. They delivered assemblies to all year groups on the signs of mental health and how best to get support. We now have a support room run each Friday in room F18 at second break by council members where the message is that it is “ok not to be ok”. The council have a display board for students to access help lines. Staff received training in February 2018 from Mr Blades, Assistant Principal, who oversees the work of the council and 15 staff have now completed the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The College hoped to be awarded the AcSeed Award this academic year.
Together we can stamp out all forms of bullying.
Caitlin, Ben and the College Council Youtube video produced May 2014 Please click here to view our Youtube video for Anti Bullying. Let’s see if we can get it watched 1000 times by the end of the year.
If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, these organisations offer advice and support:
- Samaritans – available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope. A safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential
- Papyrus and HOPELineUK – for young people considering suicide or if you are concerned about someone you know
- CALM – aims to prevent male suicide in the UK and offers anonymous, confidential listening, information and signposting
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – helps meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend
- Know and see the signs – useful website to help raise awareness regarding child criminal exploitation