My name is Elliot, I live in Dublin, Ireland and was recently trained to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. I wanted to become an Anti-Bullying Ambassador because I feel that I am very lucky to be happy at school but I know that there are many people who aren't. I don't want anyone in our school to wake up in the morning and dread going to school because of bullying.
As a group, we felt that it was very important to hold some sort of event to promote the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in Newbridge College soon after the training day in order to keep our momentum from the training day going. We decided to have a whole room dedicated to anti-bullying at the open night in our school. What better way to introduce ourselves to the school community than the annual open night!
We put a lot of preparation into the open night. Large glass windows in the classroom were covered in positive quotes using window markers, along with the blue Anti-Bullying Ambassador letter 'A' and the names of all of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in our school.
We visited every 1st Year class in our school and asked them to draw the outline of their hand on a sheet of paper, then write 5 people who they could talk to if they were ever being bullied in school. These hands were all cut-out, and stuck on a poster which was put on the wall. We inflated lots of helium balloons and made a trail of balloons leading from the main door of our school to the anti-bullying room! We also drew the outline of a person on a large sheet of paper and asked primary school children who came into the room to write down how they would like to feel coming into Newbridge College on Post-It notes and stick them on the outline of the person. Blue Anti-Bullying Ambassador 'A's were painted onto the faces of everyone who came into the room (including all of the Ambassadors) and sweets were given to children who were the most enthusiastic about it all!
The other students in our year were impressed with the progress we had made in such a short space of time from the training day until the open night, and with the ideas we had come up with. Certainly, they are all more aware that there is something significant being done to combat any occurrences of bullying in our school and who they can talk to if they have a problem.
We have bucket-loads of ideas of ways to prevent bullying from happening and support our peers so watch this space!!