Last week was Anti Bullying week at St George's International school; this year our main theme was “Choose Respect”.
The definition of respect, is to ‘have due regard for someone’s feelings, wishes, or rights’.
Respect can be divided into two parts:
- Respecting yourselves means believing that you are worthy, acknowledging your own achievements (e.g. tests) and not putting yourself down
- Respecting others means to ask yourself: “Am I treating the other person the same way as I would like to be treated?”, “Do I communicate with others without causing conflict?” and “Do my words and actions have an impact on others?”
What does respect in our school look like?
- Making everyone feel comfortable and welcome
- Not engaging with bullying or abuse, either face to face or online
- Being able to ‘respectfully disagree’ with people without bullying or being disrespectful
During the Anti Bullying week all students participated by designing their own hand; they are now displayed in Secondary.
In the Secondary Library we have the following books we would like to recommend to our students:
Jenny Alexander's approach is to develop readers' psychological defences. Through an entertaining mix of exercises, quizzes and fictional scenarios, she combines common sense with simple cognitive therapy techniques, to build up children's self-esteem. Her tone is humorous and upbeat, but always sensitive to the reader's feelings.
Being a teenager is hard work, but being a teenage girl is even harder! And to top it all off, instead of supporting each other through these challenging years, girls tend to cut each other down. Surviving the gossip, note passing, taunting and teasing of school is a challenge for any teen, but without doubt, it is girls who specialise in the art of being "mean". Why do we behave this way? And what can we do to break these painful cycles of envy and passive-aggression? Bonnie Burton outlines how we can isolate the "mean" from the teen and find permanent and positive solutions to female bullying.
Friendships and peer relationships are one of the most difficult things about being a teen. Many face bullying of some kind or another, whether in person or on the Internet or social media. This brilliant book will tell you what bullying is, where it happens and what you can do about it, as well as how to assert yourself and develop your self-esteem. Advice is supported by quotes from teenagers, who share their own experiences, and will help to make readers feel they're not alone.