Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Melksham Oak Community School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
This week, we are launching our new Respect 360 strategy for anti-bullying. This will include launching a new logo, assemblies and tutor sessions. All staff and students will sign the "Respect 360 pledge" that they are committed to always showing respect to ourselves, each other, the community and the environment. On the Friday 20th November, we are inviting students to wear odd socks to show respect for people's differences. We'd like to also thank our governor, Ruth Balnave, for making the logo free of charge.
Vice Principal Mr Ruscoe said: "We are delighted to be launching our new Respect 360 campaign. Respect is one of our core values and therefore we are excited to launch this new campaign. The campaign will unite everyone by signing the pledge to show we are all committed to making respect one of the most important things that we do and that bullying will not be tolerated. Students feeling safe while at school is one of our biggest priorities."
The theme for this year’s Anti-bullying Week is ‘United Against Bullying’. The ABA worked with more than 300 young people and 100 members of school staff to decide upon this theme, which has the following aims:
“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge."
"Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference."
"We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.