04 Dec 2023

We are thrilled to share the impactful efforts of our dedicated students during Anti-Bullying Week, highlighting the commitment of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Their enthusiasm and hard work have truly made a difference in fostering a safe and inclusive environment at Barking Abbey.

In a recent initiative led by Miss Jennings, Year 9 students delivered engaging classroom workshops on Anti-Bullying and Mental Health to Year 7 PDC lessons. These workshops, enriched with resources created by our student Ambassadors, showcased a thorough understanding of the issues and emphasized the importance of reporting and seeking support. The interactive sessions, featuring scenarios and ice breakers, received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both participating students and teachers.

Year 7 SR (Student Representatives) demonstrated remarkable confidence by actively presenting to each year group, showcasing their dedication and ability to stay focused amidst potential distractions. Additionally, Year 7 LR (Lead Representatives) presented professionally at short notice, earning praise and the opportunity to present further in the coming weeks.

Collaboration between Year 8 and Year 7 SR students was evident during assemblies addressing Mental Health and Anti-Bullying for Year 11 students. This inter-year support demonstrates the strong sense of community at Barking Abbey.

Furthermore, 15 students from Year 7 to Year 10 participated in an online Anti-Bullying training session, specifically focusing on supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The session, facilitated by our Ambassadors, was both informative and engaging, equipping students with the knowledge to effectively support those affected by bullying.

We are delighted to announce that our Ambassadors have been awarded Respect Badges for their outstanding commitment to Anti-Racism and inclusion. These badges serve as a testament to their hard work in raising awareness, and they will continue to receive new badges as they persist in their dedication.

All training provided is conducted professionally by The Diana Trust, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education on these crucial topics.

In the spirit of continuous support, we extend our gratitude to everyone involved during Anti-Bullying Week. It is essential to remember that combating bullying is a year-round effort. At Barking Abbey, our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors meet weekly and are available to support you whenever you report an incident.

Lastly, a heartfelt congratulations to one of our Year 9 students for her successful appointment to The Diana Trust Youth Board, representing Barking Abbey. We are immensely proud of her achievement and look forward to witnessing the positive impact she will undoubtedly make in her new role.