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St. Mary's Catholic High School

ABA Training
Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training

On Thursday 2nd March, 15 students from across different year groups attended Matthew Moss high School in Rochdale to complete their Anti Bullying Ambassador Training, in association with the Diana Award.  It was an eye opening experience and all of our young people came back more determined than ever to combat bullying within our community.

Katy Hill, famously known for her presenting roles on This Morning, Heart Radio and previously a lead presenter on Blue Peter, was the guest speaker of the day and also there as a parent ambassador for the Diana Award and the newly launched Trutex BTru2U campaign.   Katy spent time speaking to the group as a whole and then as individuals and it was lovely for our students to have the opportunity to meet and speak to her at length.   As it was also World Book Day, Katy referred to the famous Dr Seuss quote  “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you” .  She explained that this is one of her favourite quotes from Dr Seuss as it reminds us all how  important it is to be yourself, to celebrate &  accept difference and individuality - something that will become one of the main messages of our St Mary’s Anti Bullying Ambassador team. 

As the day progressed,  Del and Fathea,  our trainers from The Diana Award, presented workshops and activities that enabled the students to learn about bullying, the definition of what bullying is, the impact bullying can have on individuals and how, as Ambassadors, our young people can  help support and empower others.  The team also voted for one student to become their Lead Anti-Bullying Ambassador, and Ella Nicholson in year 10, was chosen by the group to take on this challenging and rewarding role.  A special mention also to Jack Bamford from Year 9 who was given an additional award “Anti-Bullying Ambassador of the day” by the Diana Award Staff for his attitude and enthusiasm shown throughout the day.  Well done Jack!

There was also plenty of opportunities for the schools who attended to mix both socially and during the training activities, which  gave them the chance to inspire each other, share ideas and experiences.

All the students who attended were successful in their training and are now official Anti Bullying Ambassadors. They can be identified by the Ambassadors badge that they are proudly wearing on their blazer lapels. 

Mrs Lomas, who accompanied the group on their training, was extremely impressed and very proud of all those who attended and is looking forward to what lies ahead as the team plan their next whole school project. The Ambassador team has already been involved in making a number of changes within school including the re-launch of Tootoot, Hosting anti-bullying week in 2016, and working together to devise our St Mary’s Anti Bullying Pledge. The first responsibility for our newly trained Ambassador team, will be for them to present our winning Anti Bullying Pledge in  House Assemblies during week commencing 13th March.

Then team are also looking forward to meeting with our school Governors and Senior Leadership Team to share all their ideas and thoughts for their future projects and support work within school.

Amy Bateson – Year 10

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