The Takeaway Theatre Company- Anti-Bullying Presentation – HOPE – 01/11/17
On Wednesday 1st November all year 7 students attended an anti-bullying presentation by The Takeaway Theatre Company – “Hope”.
Hope is a drama specially commissioned by The Takeaway Theatre Company. Both powerful and entertaining it tells the story of three young people whose lives are affected by bullying.
The objective of the project was to explore Emotional and Social Health issues of Relationships, Decision-making and Friendship by promoting good behaviour and respect for others.
After the performance the actors led a participatory workshop exploring the various issues that had arisen from the play. Pupils were encouraged to examine the actions of the characters and how they could have made better choices. The workshop consisted of various forum theatre activities helping the pupils to identify different forms of bullying and how to combat it.
After the performance some of the students completed a short survey. The feedback was very positive with all the students surveyed saying they enjoyed the presentation, they found it very funny but also understood the implications of bullying.
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Anti-Bullying Presentation – by Robert Higgs 13/03/17
On Monday 13th March all students in Years 7-10 had the opportunity to attend an anti-bullying presentation delivered by Robert Higgs who has a national reputation for his anti-bullying work. He is the author of two books on bullying. He has also featured on national TV and radio. He gives talks in schools across the UK with his audiences reporting that his work is amongst the most engaging that they have encountered. His unique approach has credibility with young people because he speaks from the perspective of having experienced bullying as a young person himself.
His presentation began with a live theatre performance by Robert which can be previewed here.
During his hour long presentation with each year group Robert covered:
- What Bullying is and the difference between ‘bullying’ and ‘banter.’
- How bullying manifests, including verbal, indirect, cyber & physical bullying.
- Practical Techniques for building self-esteem, confidence & resilience.
- Practical Techniques for tackling ‘name calling’, ‘banter’ or verbal bullying.
- Bystander behaviour & how to be a ‘Defender’ bystander and prevent bullying in school.
- Cyber Bullying & tips for managing online behaviour.
- What to do and where to find support if you are bullied or are bullying someone.
The aim of his presentation was to empower students with a toolkit for building the resilience, selfconfidence and self-esteem needed to avoid bullying behaviour.
We are delighted to have secured Robert Higg’s services this academic year for what we anticipate will prove to be a very valuable addition to the Academy’s anti-bullying strategy.
His presentation titled ‘The Boy In The Photograph’ can be found here.
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