Abacus Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
Our Anti Bullying Ambassadors are from Years 5 and 6 and they are a really important part of the way we try and ensure everyone in our school feels included, supported and celebrated. They meet weekly with Mrs Mugford, our Learning Mentor, who supports them in running activities with children across the school to raise awareness about bullying and how we should manage our feelings and think about the feelings of others.
The Anti Bullying Ambassadors are trained by the Diana Award, the only charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world. As part of the Diana Programme the ambassadors focus on four key areas: community, respect, wellbeing and online safety. In April we secured the Wellbeing badge for our efforts and the team at the Diana Award commented:
“We’ve reviewed your evidence [for the Wellbeing badge] and we were overwhelmed with how much thought and effort you’ve put into the Wellbeing focused anti-bullying activities. It seems like all of the activities have had a great impact on the wellbeing of students in your school and we really like that you use such creative ideas like music, exercise and play.
The video was an amazing way for us to see the work in practice and to hear the different voices in the school. Thank you so much for making / sharing that with us - we loved it!!
We are now working towards the Respect badge and hope to secure that by February half term. Class assemblies, lunchtime activities and games, whole school assemblies and iMovie creations are some of the Anti Bullying Ambassadors’ favourite ways of engaging with the children at school to make sure everyone knows there is always someone ready to be their friend and to listen to them.