Hereward College Students Say 'No to bullying'
Each year, 19th-23rd November, thousands of schools and colleges across the UK take part in the national Anti-Bullying week event. Students and staff from Hereward College took part in the event by organising and leading activities to raise awareness on issues surrounding bullying.
The national focus of the event this year was ‘We're The Peer Support Team, a group of students that help and offer support to new students, organised activities based around the theme of ‘Following our dreams, despite what people may say" for the whole month of November.
One such activity was the art tile workshop, which allowed students to come and paint an image on tiles, which reflect their own hopes and dreams. "It was really nice to just put your dreams down on something and know that it is there, waiting for you to achieve it" said Martin Berisford, a student who took part in the activity.
Several student groups in the college were also involved in the creation of a new college anti-bullying policy and they took a lead role in ensuring that the policy had a strong focus on the well-being of people within the college.
'We all should treat each other with respect, we will report bullying, and work with staff and students to make it right' said students from the Sisters Evening Group on the discussion of the new anti-bullying policy.
Other events included a laughter yoga workshop, with laughter having therapeutic and health benefits, which allowed students to reduce their stress and laugh with others. Students also wrote certificates of achievements for themselves to help students express pride in their own actions and boost their self- confidence.
To close the campaign, the student choir was invited to perform their own rendition of ‘Believe' by Michelle Cox, an inspirational song for young people.