“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”.
905 staff and students of All Hallows signed this pledge in autumn 2011 as part of National Anti-Bullying Week. The words were written by Year 10 students. Each year the College does a campaign to raise awareness of bullying and the impact it can have. In 2015-16 the College Council intends to produce a mural in which all students and staff will add a finger print. The end result will be a teardrop – a powerful symbol you will agree.
Our e-mail help service – “Being Me”
For many years our College has had an email address called firstname.lastname@example.org 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 in 2014 another confidential email address called email@example.com for students to use should they find themselves in need of help, support and guidance. Emails will be 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 is pleased to announce we have recently become a Stonewall Champion School (awarded May 2014) and will work with students to tackle homophobic bullying. Our Principal has now delivered anti-homophobic assemblies to our students and Mr Blades attended a Stonewall Conference in London where we became a Champion School. Mr Blades will give more details to students in due course, but in the meantime students, as well as parents and staff, are welcome to support 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.
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 cann get in watched 1000 times by the end of the year.
Please click here to view our Youtube video for Anti Bullying.
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