BULLYING AWARENESS DAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
The whole school was reminded of how important it is for us to be aware of the damage that bullying can cause.
The theme for the day, acknowledged that all of our words and actions have consequences, and therefore we should always think carefully before we speak/act. The class lessons, delivered during maths class, and the accompanying Poster displays throughout the school focused on individual reputations and how everyone can make an effort to create a good reputation by being kind and tolerant of others and by standing up against bullying.
The following activities were arranged to communicate the above messages:
• The whole school was reminded of the definition of bullying – bullying is deliberate inappropriate behaviour which undermines a person’s right to personal dignity
• Staff and Students participated and engaged with the Bullying Awareness Day Class Lesson
• The whole school engaged with and promoted discussion around the images and information displayed on the posters and TV screens throughout the school
• A Bullying Awareness Day Debate was held in the Learning Centre at lunchtime
• Books with a relevant theme were also promoted in the Learning Centre
• The whole school was reminded the of the various tools which can be used to report about Bullying, i.e. to inform a trusted adult – Parent, Dean, Teacher, Counsellor, Chaplain and/or to email email@example.com and/or use the reporting tool on www.blackrockcollege.com
I thank Ms McGee for her organisation of the day.
I also thank our Debaters who contested the Motion that:
“IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT TO ADDRESS BULLYING”
The Motion was carried by Oisin Ryan (Transition Year) and brothers John (2nd Year) and James (6th Year) Huggard. Tom Dooley (2nd Year), Mark Heavey (5th Year) and Stephen Rooney (6th Year) opposed the Motion.
Stephen was awarded BEST SPEAKER by our Adjudicators James Cronin, Marcus O’Faolain (both 6th Year), Scott Donohoe (5th Year) and Mr Sheil.
Well done and thank you.