Saturday, 25 November 2017

Award for pupils’ anti-bullying campaign

PUPILS at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common have won an award for campaigning against bullying.

PUPILS at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common have won an award for campaigning against bullying.

The Power Group was honoured by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a national charity, for its efforts to highlight the issue in school and raise money.

The group, which has been running more than 10 years, carries out surveys among pupils and promotes the support available to potential victims of bullying, especially among those students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Last year, it also raised money for the alliance by selling Christmas cards with an anti-bullying message.

The cards showed a man in a Christmas hat surrounded by people of different shapes and sizes holding hands.



Anne House, a specialist teacher in the curriculum support department, who organises the group, said: “We chose the name because the group is about empowerment — we’re very strong as a team.

“The fund-raising helped us to raise awareness and challenge some of ideas that come with bullying.

Lucy Porter, 10, said: “In the group we try to stop bullying happening, so if we see it we tell an adult.”

Jess Hammant-Cracknell was a member of the group when she was a pupil at Chiltern Edge and is now a teaching assistant there.

She said: “It’s good to see the continued position and positive work of the group at Chiltern Edge.”

The group’s award came in the form of 20 books for the school.

Headteacher Daniel Sadler said: “We are extremely proud of the Power Group, which sets an outstanding example of student leadership. The whole experience is really empowering, especially for vulnerable students within the school community.”



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