NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING WEEK 2015
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This year we made a noise about Anti-Bullying Week with over 6oo people through two exciting events. Our two events, one at the Blackpool Winter Gardens and one at Alexandra Palace in London, saw Facebook, teachers, special guests and hundreds of young people come together to spread the anti-bullying message.
The events were action-packed with a question and answer session, a school Dragon's Den competition, anti-bullying workshops led by celebrity supporters, showcase performances, Facebook SWAG, a photo booth and a mass shake it off competition to Taylor Swift!
Blackpool Anti-Bullying Week
London Anti-Bullying Week
Question and Answer Panel
Every year we give our audience the chance to ask their questions to our panel of experts which include some of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, representatives from social media and tech companies, celebrity Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and Diana Award staff members.
Dragon's Den Competition
We ask schools attending what they would do to tackle bullying in their school if they won £200. They then present their ideas to our panel of (friendly) Dragons who decide who the winning school will be. Congratulations to Roseacre Primary School and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School for winning the Blackpool Dragon's Den with their idea to create an anti-bullying video to raise awareness in schools. Congratulations to Rainham Mark Grammar School for winning the London competition. They are going to use the £200 to create badges for students across the school to wear. Each badge will have each house's anti-bullying slogan on to remind students of how they should behave.
Anti-Bullying Workshops Led by Special Guests
For our Anti-Bullying Week events we always ask along some special guests to run workshops with the young people to show them creative ways to tackle bullying. The workshops include music, dance, drama, graffiti, creative writing, photography and a workshop led by Facebook. In the afternoon everyone then comes together to showcase what they have put together in their workshop including graffiti anti-bullying boards, songs on bullying, drama pieces, poetry, rap and dance.
One of the highlights of the event was a spontaneous dance to 'Shake Off Bullying' along to the one and only Taylor Swift...!
Anti-Bullying Week 2015 Competition Winners!
Well done to everyone that entered our 2015 Anti-Bullying Week Competition. We received over 100 #Hopeful videos and they were all great! The Anti-Bullying team at The Diana Award had a hard time choosing the winners, but a huge congratulations to the below...
Caitlin Hammond and Olivia McCallum from St Margaret's Academy and Chichester High School for Girls
Kinits, JP, Viro, Rizki and the students of Mentari school, Jakarta, Indonesia
What were you all up to for Anti-Bullying Week?
A HUGE thank you to everyone who let us know what they were up in their schools for Anti-Bullying Week! We have selected some of our favourite activities below..
Leys Farm Junior School's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors had an incredibly busy Anti-Bullying Week selling wristbands, creating poems and raps about bullying. Prior to Anti-Bullying Week, the students created a Leys Farm anti-bullying song, recorded it, took photos of the children and finally made this into a film. The film was showed in assembly on the last day of anti-bullying week.
Leys Farm have introduced a sign which reads S.O.S into areas of their school. This stands for Space Of Safety and helps students to know where they can go if they are feeling unsafe. The sign was introduced to students in assembly and is out on display so all students recognise it.
Neale Wade Academy had a very busy week with assemblies led by the Ambassadors, a cake sale to raise money for the Diana Award, creating a 'stand up to bullying' pledge wall, a raffle and an anti-bullying poster competition.
Our team member Ellie was lucky enough to visit St John Payne Catholic School and take part in their compliments activity where each student wrote a compliment on a Post-It-Note which was then delivered to their chosen friend. The Ambassadors had been running the compliment activity at lunch time all week and it proved to be very popular!
Cellbridge Community School created a powerful video to show how we can all support people who have been bullied and had unkind things said to them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ8pwLt9DQU