Henley Green School believe that all pupils have the right to attend a happy and encouraging environment, free from bullying. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated at our school.
At Henley Green we have a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABAs). The ABAs work together, supported by our Learning Mentor Mrs Rouse, to help make Henley Green a safe and happy place to be.
The ABA's have lead assemblies about bullying, supported the children to think about adults who they can talk to if they have a problem and have created a Tree of Trust display in school. The ABA's have raised money for a Friendship Bench. They sell refreshments at Parents' Evenings and have made and sold Anti-Bullying ribbons.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have been busy around school during this year's Anti-Bullying Week (12-16 Nov 2018).
This year the ABAs wanted the children to think about how to stand up and speak out about bullying. They wanted to show that if everyone links together we can make Henley Green a bully proof school.
The ABAs asked every child to write an anti-bullying pledge or positive statement on a piece of blue paper. These strips were linked together to form a chain which was placed around the hall. The ABAs spoke to the children in a special assembly to remind them that if they all stay positive and join together we can stamp out bullying.
During the assembly the ABAs also spoke about the difference between being a bystander or an upstander. The ABAs asked every child to be responsible for each other and to make sure that they act when they see something that they think is not right. We have also introduced 'Speak Out' boxes around the school where the children can anonymously leave messages.
They have also made and sold bookmarks. Each bookmark had a positive message written on it, for example, 'Don't let anyone EVER dull your sparkle'. These were really popular around school and sold out.
On Friday 16th November, the children were able to come to school wearing blue to raise awareness to anti-bullying.
The ABA's recently attended a training day run by the Diana Award. This gave the ABA's the chance to share all the work that they have done over the last two years and think about what they want to do next.
The other schools who were at the event were really impressed with our ABAs; their passion, commitment and ideas. One of our ABA's Kismat received an award for being the 'Ambassador of the Day'. The children have returned to school full of ideas and planning events for Anti-Bullying week (12th - 16th November).
We have been busy recruiting new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for next year. There were 27 children from Y3 and Y4 who applied to become an ABA. The ABAs shortlisted and interviewed 13. The children were all brilliant and the ABAs chose 9 to become ABAs and the other 4 have been asked to work with the ABAs on an exciting new project for September - watch this space!
We then held a training afternoon where all the ABAs got together to get to know each other and support the new ABAs, to refresh everyone's training and to share ideas for next year. There are some exciting things planned for the ABAs when we come back in Spetember.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have been raising money this year for a Friendship Bench. They made and sold ABA badges and they also sold refreshments at Parents' Evenings. They raised enough money to buy a bench and the paint to make really special.
Mrs Rouse and three of the ABAs spent a sunny afternoon painting the bench. The children then showed it off at Parents' evening. It is now in the playground for anyone who is feeling a bit lonely to sit on, if an ABA spots anyone on the bench they ask them to play with them.
We had a competition during Anti-Bullying Week to design an Anti-Bullying Bear for Henley Green. This is our winning design, it was designed by Nahlah in Y6 and named Anthony by Fraya and Finley in Y5. Here Nahlah explains how she designed Anthony.
How I designed Anthony the Anti-Bullying Bear
By Nahlah 6H
I did the lighter parts of the bear for effect and decided that the bear, as it is a symbol of unity and kindness, should wear an ABA badge.
I designed the sash using green to represent Henley Green and a diverse variety of coloured spots to represent the different people who make up the school. The Henley Green tree is the shape around the eye. I did this to represent that you don’t have to be shy or afraid at Henley Green, you can shine and you can tell someone about any worries you have.
For Anti-Bulling week the ABAs have been busy raising awareness through school by running assemblies and making and selling ribbons, this money will go towards the friendship bench. They have run a competition in school to design and name an Anti-Bullying Bear for Henley Green. The ABAs have also been out at playtimes supporting the children with exciting play ground games.
To link in with Children in Need day the ABAs asked all the children to come to school wearing something blue (which is the colour of the Anti-Bulling Ambassador's scheme).