St Andrew’s – Leaders Against Bullying

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St Andrew’s – Leaders Against Bullying

The annual Bullying Awareness Drive held at St Andrew’s College, the Diocesan School for Girls and St Andrew’s Prep is intended to be part of a bigger process, one in which the three schools address the topic of bullying, where the focus is on opportunities to build people, and where we give them the mental skills to cope with bullies in the future.

Through the raising of awareness and consultation, the aim is to establish a whole-school policy where everybody discusses and understands the problem of bullying, and agrees on good and bad practice. The BULLYING AWARENESS DRIVE is reinforced through House prayers, a pledge initiative, banners, posters in different areas on campus, life orientation lessons, chapel sermons, focused tutor periods and a number of addresses by experts on the subject. We have chosen the slogan “LEADERS AGAINST BULLYING”, to tie in with our Leading Edge programme which is currently running at the three schools.

We have linked with the broader Grahamstown community and established partnerships with other schools. Emma Sadleir and Dr Lizzie Harrison, media law consultants, authors and speakers will address the pupils and staff at St Andrew’s College and Prep, DSG and Kingswood College as well as parents from the community during the Bullying Awareness Drive.

Changing the culture of a school or community with regards to bullying IS possible, when all concerned are passionate and energetic enough to stamp out this evil. This is a wonderful challenge for us all!