On Friday the children in Reception, Form I and Form II took part in anti-bullying workshops. Through the use of puppets, the children were taught effective strategies to help them tackle bullying in a number of different forms.
The children were introduced to three puppet friends – Katrina, the confident cat, Daphne, the shy Duck, and Danny the dog who desperately wanted to be a good friend. Different scenarios were acted out by the puppets, which explored what it means to be a good friend and how we can all achieve this. The puppets spoke to each other using kind and unkind words; the children were encouraged to stop and think about the words they might use to each other, and the effect their words might have. “Stop, think, words can hurt!” was a powerful message all of the children learnt.
The children were then invited to act out different scenarios, showing how they could turn a negative situation into a positive one, and take responsibility for friendship within their class. The workshops reminded us all of the importance of making sure that everyone feels valued and included in school. We are all different, but we are all equal.