Our new Year 9 ambassadors were trained recently and AGGS hosted the Anti-Bullying training day for schools in Manchester. The Year 9s were joined by other passionate students from secondary schools and took part in a jam-packed day!
The students learnt how to recognise bullying, the different types of bullying and how their role as an Anti-Bullying ambassador is crucial at school. Along with a fun parachute game which allowed the ambassadors to think how everyone if different yet equal, they were able to develop leadership and communication skills and elected a team leader. Susi will be updating the Diana Award regularly about the progress the AGGS team make and will be able to ask for resources on behalf of the team. The team voted for a creative and enthusiastic leader; well done Susi!
After the other schools left, the AGGS team were able to sit with the staff from the Diana Award and discuss the individual roles they will have in the team. We had a range of roles, from very confident speakers to assembly presentation makers. Jaya and I look forward to working with the Year 9s in the next year and can’t wait to see how they continue to make AGGS a friendly, bully-free school.
So, the training day was a success! We all received goodies such as a new badge and wristbands and learnt valuable skills which will help us create a stronger and more efficient team at school.
Thank you to the Diana Award staff who visited us and we hope to see you soon!
Written by Hira, Year 12
Hello, I’m Hira (Year 12) and I have been an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for nearly 3 years at AGGS. Last year I applied to be a part of the National Youth Board and earlier this year I was shortlisted. After an interview with a member of the Anti-Bullying staff, I was sent an e-mail saying I had been accepted and I was surprised; I didn’t expect to be chosen!
During the Easter half term, all the youth board members from around the UK met in London. The Diana Award had organised a three-day trip including a visit to the new Facebook HQ and the Anti-Bullying HQ. Not only did I have my first Nando’s meal and receive a t-shirt and jumper with the youth board logo, I met an amazing group of people voicing the opinions of the ambassadors from their school and constantly campaigning to end bullying. We all bonded within the first few hours and I enjoyed every part of the trip. I can’t wait to meet the youth board members again in August!
So, why am I sharing this? I think the most important way to implement change nationally is to work with ambassadors from all over the UK; picking out the strengths and weaknesses in our schools and promoting the brilliant work they do. I had a chance to meet Alex Homes, the founder of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and share how passionate our AGGS team is and the work we do to create a friendlier and bully-free zone at school. I am extremely proud of the current team and I know the ambassadors in the future will continue the great work!
What will the youth board try to achieve in the next year? We are currently creating E-Safety presentations and we will visit schools in our area to teach the students how to be safe online. The idea was inspired by our Facebook HQ visit; we discussed safety features with members of the Facebook and Instagram family. I aim to present to students next year in our school and visit local schools as well. I have already begun visiting primary schools to promote Anti-Bullying and I am extremely happy that their teams are working hard to create a friendly school environment. I hope to visit more schools and exchange ideas and help them in their school events/campaigns.
Here are some pictures of the trip and the National Youth Board for the next year! I’m excited to see what we achieve… 🙂
And yes, we met Will Poulter and interviewed him!
The top level of Facebook HQ is dedicated to a pick-and-mix, a doughnut and ice-cream bar and a cafe! (We all filled several cups with sweets…)
Follow our Instagram page and see updates on what the youth board members are doing in their schools: @antibullyingyouthboard18
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Our school will now host Anti-Bullying training days for new ambassadors in Manchester!
On 9th May, Diana Award staff will be coming to AGGS and training young, excited and passionate students to help run the Anti-Bullying teams in their schools.
A number of Year 9 AGGS students were selected and will be participating in the training day, as well as students from other local schools.
We hope they enjoy the training and become amazing ambassadors for the school!
We also look forward to hosting many more training days for schools in Manchester!
Keep checking the Anti-Bullying blog for updates on the training day in May and the work the current team are doing in school.
During the last week before the February half term, the Anti-Bullying team cut out hundreds of paper hearts for the Valentine’s Day special event.
These hearts were handed to form tutors who were encouraged to ask everyone in their form to write a compliment on a heart for someone else. Many hearts were also left in baskets around school for people who wanted to write more compliments and hand them out.
This year, the event was a huge success and baskets were empty by the end of the week. Lots of people had been busy writing compliments for their friends but also teachers! The success highlights the friendly, supportive environment the school has created and the passion of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors worked hard during meetings planning the event and cutting out the hearts. Well done to all those who took time out of a busy school day to share happiness!
The Anti-bullying Ambassadors Twitter is back in action!
Follow us for updates on events in school, what the team’s plan of action is for the upcoming month and inspirational quotes.
Come and join us in our fight to tackle bullying!
Anti-bullying Week runs from 13-17 November each year and the theme this year is: ‘All Different, All Equal’. The idea is to promote differences and help young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique . Our main aim as Anti-bullying Ambassadors is to help people understand why it’s important that every child feels included in the school community and allow them to express themselves without fear of bullying.
In AGGS, the Anti-Bullying team will be presenting assemblies to all year groups and will be promoting equality throughout the week through a range of activities. So keep your eyes open during November!
From the Anti-bullying team 🙂
A fresh start…
Traditionally at the start of a new year, we make resolutions about how we can change our life for the better. We would like to give everyone an opportunity to start 2017 in a positive way with one another.
Have you fallen out with someone or had an argument that has not been resolved with a friend? Anti bullying ambassadors have come up with an idea to post messages to a friend and it is called the ‘Sorry Box’.
This is how it works:
- Write down what you would like to say
- Sign you name
- Address the envelope with the name of the person and your name on the back
- Post the envelope into the private post box outside the medical room
- The anti bullying ambassadors will deliver it on your behalf
Keep it positive – this should not be a way of pursuing an argument or any ill feeling. The purpose is to rebuild a friendship.
Letters will not be delivered if your name isn’t visible on the outside as this will be used as evidence of posting so it can be tracked.
If you receive a letter/card that is not appropriate please report this immediately to Miss Wright.
We hope the Sorry Box will help resolve arguments and mend friendships. 🙂
Year 10 girls went to Anti-Bullying training day at Old Trafford, run by the Diana Award – Anti-Bullying programme. They willl now be joining our current year 11 ambassadors to carry on the good work in school.
The theme ‘Power for Good’ is being promoted throughout the school week. Anti bullying Ambassadors have given assemblies to all year groups about how we can all make a change and create a friendly school environment.
We have recommended teachers to plan out activities for their form that help build teamwork skills. Anti bullying ambassadors will be visiting their Year 7 forms and playing games that require concentration and of course, they will be fun!
Teachers have also been asked t switch up seating plans so students can talk to other people they might not usually have conversations with.
We also recommend complimenting people this week, even a smile can brighten up someone’s day!
A message from the Anti bullying team x