Bullying is intentional, repetitive and persistent behaviour, carried out by an individual or group students, that is emotionally or physically harmful to another. Bournside is a school that is fundamentally opposed to all forms of bullying and have a variety of strategies to help investigate and respond to the rare incidents of bullying than happen at Bournside, one of which is the student led Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABA)s are student Ambassadors in years 10, 11 and Sixth Form who are trained to support students who are unfortunate enough to encounter any rare incidents of bullying at Bournside. An ABA can be a person who will listen, offer advice or even be somebody to offer a voice for students who may not be confident enough to report a problem. They do not replace the teacher and will always encourage students to tell an adult.
ABAs visit tutor groups in years 7, 8 and 9, once every 2-weeks during tutor time and are visible during student social time via their ABA badge. They also have a Student Frog page that gives students advice, opportunity to send a referral of concern and keeps students up to date with current anti-bullying events at the school.
Younger pupils value and respect the anti-bullying ambassadors.
Each year we participate in the national anti-bullying week and have a range of activities for students to raise awareness, and to think about being kind to each other. Activities include:
Activities for the students include:
- Stand up selfie.
Students take a selfie on their own or with a group, to make their pledge for anti-bullying at Bournside. Pictures will be taken against the National anti-bullying week logo. All images taken will then be uploaded onto schools anti-bullying page for students to view.
- Ambassadors club.
A quiet space run by the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors where students can learn more about the ABA’s or come and get some advice regarding any bullying related concerns. Alternatively they can come and relax in a quiet space and try some challenges and watch some of the anti-bullying videos the team have prepared.
- Parachute club
A fun, active session involving the giant multi-coloured parachute. The aim is for students to see that we are all the same. The students involved will have to run under the parachute depending on the criteria that is shouted by the leader of the activity.
- “Power for good”
A series of games and activities based on the theme, “power for good” that students can have a go at in the sports hall.
- Fancy dress parade
Sixth Form students come to school in fancy dress for a day.
- Year 7 students create and sign an anti-bullying pledge brick.
- An anti-bullying T-shirt design competition, with the winner having their T-shirt made.
- A short story/poem competition: theme ‘stand up to bullying’.
Contacting the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
If you need to contact the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at any time you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a Facebook page. Just search for Cheltenham Bournside Anti Bullying.