On Thursday 7th of November, four of Hellesdon High School’s Student Council members attended the Norfolk Youth Against Bullying Conference in the build up to Anti-Bullying week this month. Lee, Fraser, Jocelyn & Tom spent the day attending workshops that touched on subjects such as cyber bullying and championing the rights of BAME, LGBTQ+ & Disabilities.
The anti-bullying conferences were hosted by Youth Advisory Boards across the nation, and three of our very own students took part in organising our local conference as members of the Broadland YAB team. Well done to our YAB ambassadors Sophie Mattholie and Grace Bennett, as well as Lisa Phoenix who got up and spoke to a crowd of over 200 people about her past experiences of being bullied.
During a Student Council meeting on Friday 15th of November, young members gathered to discuss what they had learned at the conference and the changes that they would like to see within the school. With the help of the Anti-Bullying Alliance checklist, they were able to identify a few key points which they will be putting forward to the School Principals to be considered at the next review of the school’s Anti-Bullying policy.
We would like to thank all the students involved in the conference, along with Miss Lovick for joining them on the day.
Our Performing Arts department also marked Anti-Bullying Week by getting Year 7 students involved in a practical Drama lesson where they explored an extract from Staying Up by Robert Swindells. This was part of an exploration into empathy and understanding motivation in roles.
You can read more about the Norfolk Youth Against Bullying Conference in the YAB newsletter.