Anti-bullying at TMCS
My name is Brooke and I am an Anti-Bullying Ambassador at this school.
Many are curious as to what we ambassadors actually do during our duties, and I can tell you now that it is not just wandering round the quad and befriending Year 7s (although that is part of it!). I am here to take you through our journey of making the school a bully-free place.
First of all, there was the application stage. Anyone wanting to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador had to write a formal letter to Mrs. Roberts explaining why we’d like to take on the role. Some may argue that this was the hardest task, as we had to really tap into our thoughts and feelings and dig deep into our motives.
Next came the training. The training was divided into four sections: the role of an ambassador, what a victim looks like, what a bully looks like and making a report. The sessions were held in the Anti-Bullying HQ (M5) at 8am - which most found a challenge in itself! The training was vital, as it really gave us that extra knowledge and understanding that anyone - even the toughest of Year 11s - can be a victim, and/or a bully. It also helped us get to know our team before jumping into duties; getting to know each other’s views and perspectives.
Then there was the exciting part: probation. Every single ambassador is scheduled to stay in M5 to take reports, or patrol the quad at least two half lunchtimes. While we are out there, we speak to those who look alone or sad, subtly break up ‘play fighting’, comfort those in need of support, take victims in and encourage them to report actions we fight against, and just genuinely try to be there for the youngest year. As we try to manage all of this, we also attempt to bring across a message of kindness and thought before action. The more educated the children are on bullying; the less likely it is to occur. If needed in a particularly serious incident, we inform that racist and homophobic acts can be illegal, in the hope that the offender will soon realise how their actions can affect society outside of school.
The most heart-breaking part of our job is the report system. When someone walks into M5 wanting to report a bullying incident, we get ready with the tissues and report form and get into it as soon as possible. We ask a series of questions about what happened and who was involved. If we have time that day, or immediately the next morning, we go straight to the tutors of both the victim(s) and bully(ies) with the report. The important thing is we don’t tell the person who made the report ‘we will fix it.’ Instead we work with and support the person who made the report (often the victim) and we support them to take charge of the change and report the incident to tutors. It is then left in tutor hands to investigate, but we tend to follow up with the student and the tutor afterwards. If we get half way through a report and the bell goes for fifth period, we put the report into our ‘in progress’ folder, when completed, the report goes into the ‘completed’ folder, so it can be used for future reference if needed.
Anti-Bullying Week commences on the 13th November, and ends on the 17th. During this week, we intend to give assembly talks, host a bake sale and many more exciting fundraises. Be sure to come along to these events and maybe even use that 50p on the kitchen side to make a difference, and help to stamp out bullying.