Anti-Bullying Ambassador Irish Schools Showcase 2016
Every year we, The Diana Award celebrate schools involved in the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme by inviting them to a showcase event at Facebook's European Headquarters in Dublin. Schools from across Ireland applied for this opportunity and four schools were selected; Celbridge Community College, Robertstown National School, Malone College and Mount Sackville. This unique event brings together policy makers, MPs, celebrities, Facebook's Policy Team and schools to explore how together we can all stamp out bullying. Each of the schools showcase a video produced by The Diana Award to show how their student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are helping students to stay safe, both online and offline and inspire other schools to do the same. Students are presented with the prestigious Diana Award to celebrate their efforts.
2016 Irish Showcase Schools
Last trained in October 2015, Malone's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, were visited by Everton FC player Simone Magill. Simone took part in the Ambassador's chat room which helps Year 8 students to meet new people and ensures that noone is alone at break times. The Ambassadors also showed Simone how they encourage other students in the school to treat each other with respect and kindness.
Jedward, Irish singers and presenters, joined Ambassadors from Mount Sackville to see how they keep students safe in their school. Students highlighted the locker rooms as a place they felt unsafe. The Ambassadors have now set up a locker buddy system where students in younger years have lockers are next to a mentor in an older year who looks after them. All students know who the Ambassadors are and where they can find them thanks to a display board and posters around the school.
Celbridge Community College
Irish band Fresh Re spent the day with Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Celbridge College. The Ambassadors at Celbridge use creative ways to promote anti-bullying messages including creating art murals and sticking key messages about kindness on their school steps for all students to read.
Robertstown National School
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, whatever age, can make a difference to their school and peers. Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Robertstown National school go out of their way to encourage everyone to be a good friend and include each other. From smile and compliment days and kindness songs to free hugs, Ambassadors ensure that Robertstown is a safe and happy school to be in.