With the global news of workplace abuse and teenage mental health issues in the spotlight, the lasting damage of bullying in every walk of life could not be more clear.
Bullying, sexism, racism, disablist abuse and sexual harassment is rife in real life and online.
There were over 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying in 2016/17 and a 15 per cent rise in sessions about suicide
At the start of Anti-Bullying Week (13th-17th November), coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we should all make a pledge to support, respect and protect each other in our school community.
Urmston Grammar celebrates difference and what makes us and others unique.
We are all different, all equal, all together in making this wonderful school what it is.
And that means being aware, making space for others to be themselves, standing together against poor behaviour and helping those who have suffered.
You do not need to be best friends with everyone but you should never treat others worse than the best you would hope to be treated by them.
No one ever thinks they are the bully. No one identifies with the villain of the story but we all have days where we are less than kind, where we are thoughtless, where we hurt other people’s feelings.
World Kindness Day falls during Anti-Bullying Week on Monday, November 13. It is a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms and assess our own behaviour to see if we can do better.
There is a quote from the R J Palacio novel Wonder, the film of which is currently in cinemas starring Julia Roberts: “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
Everyone has a right to come to school and feel able to be themselves and treated with respect.
Choose to be kind, on and offline.
Do you know what to do if you are bullied or know someone who is?
Tell someone: Urmston Grammar aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all students and adults feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Please contact you form tutor in the first instance. However, if your concern is regarding a safety of a student at this school please contact one of the Safeguarding team.
Alternatively here are some excellent external organisations who can help: