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 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).