Union Preparatory School is currently running a fun and engaging anti-bullying campaign with the Grade 4 classes to get the learners actively involved in the fight to put an end to bullying.
The main aim of the campaign is to institute a strong peer support system among the Grade 4s and to teach them that it is their collective responsibility to stop bullying.
Through various activities that had the learners making anti-bullying posters, discussing various bullying scenarios and participating in anti-bullying exercises, the learners were instructed what to do about bullying as a victim and as a bystander.
The learners soon began to understand bullying at a deeper level and were given real actions they can take to curtail a bullying situation. Each learner was empowered to commit to something they can do differently the next time they are involved as a bystander, bully or victim.
The Grade 4s can be seen playing ‘Broken Telephone’ in the accompanying photographs. This activity was used to demonstrate to the learners that spreading rumours about someone is a type of bullying. They can also be seen doing a rope pulling exercise, which served to demonstrate to the children the power they have if they stand together against bullies.