Pupils unite to tackle bullying

Pupils from Parkhall Integrated College make a stand against bullying.
Pupils from Parkhall Integrated College make a stand against bullying.

Parkhall Integrated College is taking part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, all this week.

The theme for this year is “What Bullying Means To Me” and will provide an opportunity to focus on what bullying is all about.

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and supported by Translink. NIABF is an interagency group hosted by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) NI and funded by the Department of Education.

Mrs Jane Davidson Brown Head of Pastoral Care highlighted the importance of Anti-Bullying Week, she said: “In our school we work hard throughout the year to make it clear that bullying is never acceptable.

“Anti-Bullying Week gives us the opportunity, as a whole schools community, to focus on this important issue and send a clear message that bullying has no place in our school.”

Mrs Davidson-Brown added: “We are looking forward to using the really useful NIABF resources to highlight what bullying is and how we can deal with it.

“The initiative gives our whole school, including management, teachers and pupils the opportunity to focus on reinforcing the anti-bullying message across the entire school community.”

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum defines bullying as ‘the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others’.

Further information about the Anti-Bullying Week initiative log on to www.endbullying.org.uk