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Posted on March 24th 2021
New Anti-Bullying Representatives for HCACP
HCACP’s student anti-bullying representatives are now visible around the school – wearing special badges so that other students can talk to them if they would like too.
“The representatives are the face of anti-bullying at the academy and are always on hand if I student wants to report anything or share any concerns,” said Ms Berry. “Sometimes students prefer to talk to another student rather than a teacher but of course teachers are on hand too, and always willing to help.”
There are around 20 representatives at present, and all have been trained by the Princess Diana Trust, which engages young people, parents and teachers to change the attitudes, behaviour and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline.
Special assemblies are taking place at HCACP this week, hosted by the anti-bullying representatives, to remind students what bullying is and also tackle common misconceptions. “Bullying is not the same as being mean or unkind,” said Ms Berry. “To be bullying it must come from a place of power and be meant to harm. Other types of behaviour may be poor but are not necessarily bullying.”
Yellow Box Scheme
The academy has also relaunched its Yellow Box scheme, giving students the chance to report bullying by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student anti-bullying representatives are also considering the location of actual yellow boxes at the school where bullying can be reported anonymously and followed up.
Students have voted for the ideal position of the yellow box in school on an online poll, from a list of possible locations suggested by the Anti-Bullying Representatives.