The Year 6 students at Michael Faraday School recently delivered an incredibly powerful assembly based around the theme of Anti-Bullying Week. The main message that the students wanted to put across was: Make some noise about bullying! STOP bullying!
The assembly started with Year 6 celebrating what makes Michael Faraday such a special school. Some of the pupils shared some information about their personal backgrounds and ambitions. It soon became clear that our school contains many unique individuals.
We asked the assembly what would it be like if we all looked the same and acted in the same way. The answer came back that Michael Faraday would be a very dull and uninspiring school!
Year 6 then highlighted one similarity that we all have as Michael Faraday pupils: we all strive to keep the school golden rule of treat others in the same way that you would like to be treated.
Some of the Year 6 students then went on to explain how we can identify bullying. It was explained that this might be physical, verbal, or even online.
How to tackle bullying was then explained. Different suggestions were offered. These included telling a trusted adult, calling Child-line, or perhaps using the Alert button that now feature on most websites.
Year 6 have been writing some of these ideas down during class time. We displayed a large figure that has been created. Each class member has written a word describing how someone who is being bullied might feel on both the inside and outside.
The assembly then featured a couple of short drama scenes. The students have been working in small groups to write, and then direct a piece of drama showing how we can overcome bullying. Assembly audience members were asked halfway through each performance what a possible solution might be.
Finally the Year 6 assembly came to a close with a reminder of our main message: Make some noise about bullying! STOP bullying!