TWO OF Sacred Heart’s Year 10 students represented the College recently as they attended an Anti-Bullying Conference.
Owen Morris (10C) and Helena Mimnagh (10H) attended the, event, run by Anti-Bullying organisation Bully Busters, and spoke positively about their experiences.
Helena said: “We met people from all the schools in Sefton and met four pupils from other schools.
“Bully Busters told the groups to write a definition of what bullying meant to us. Our table’s definition was, ‘bullying is intentionally hurting another person physically, verbally, emotionally and psychologically. It is repetitive and different for each person.
“For some it can be life threatening and for others it takes longer to affect them. No-one deserves to be bullied. There were statistics that shocked us, like nine out of ten children are bullied at some point during their school life.
“It was a really good day; some of the issues were upsetting but really made you aware of the types of bullying.”
Owen echoed Helena’s comments by adding: “It was a very eye-opening insight into bullying in general, the types, the effects and the solutions.
“I think there should be more awareness of this as it was a massive factor of modern day school life.”
Students at Sacred Heart Lower Site meanwhile were advised and were given advice on bullying as part of Anti-bullying week.
During PSE lessons, students were given the opportunity to discuss different types of bullying and what they should do if they are being bullied or if they see other students subjected to it.
All students were reminded of Sacred Hearty’s anti-bullying policy, which can be found on the college website.
Caitlin Williams and Gabrielle Benbow (both 8E) wrote a short article about different types of bullying and what to do if you were being bullied.
They advise students to “speak up, that no one deserves to feel worthless” and that students should tell a teacher, friend, family member or a trusted adult if they are being bullied.
Ella Hoey (7H) commented in her PSE lesson: “I haven’t really seen bullying since being at Sacred Heart.”
Jon Prayle (7H) said: “I think it’s good that we learn about bullying so we know what to do if someone is getting bullied.”
Overseeing the event was maths teacher, Mrs Jones.
She said: “In raising awareness of bullying, it is our intention at Sacred Heart to ensure all students feel they can come forward and discuss any bullying issues with members of staff.
“As the Anti-bullying website tells us, ‘we’re better without bullying’.”