Anti-bullying Week at St. Patrick’s

Children of St Patricks taking part in the Anti Bullying Week
Children of St Patricks taking part in the Anti Bullying Week

St. Patrick’s College is getting ready to take part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from November 16 to 25.

The week-long campaign, under the theme ‘What Bullying Means to Me’, 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.

Mr Stephen Murray explains the importance of Anti-Bullying Week: “In our school we make it clear that bullying is never acceptable. Anti-Bullying Week gives us the opportunity, as a whole school community, to focus on this important issue and send a clear message that bullying has no place in our school.

“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’.

Lee Kane, Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, said “More than 700 schools and other organisations have signed up to take part in the week of activities. NIABF has provided a range to resources, including themed posters, assemblies and class workshops.”

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