Waterloo Primary School has been actively involved with the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors charity since 2012 and we were one of four schools nationally to receive a Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassador team award for our work. A special showcase video of our work was made and Twist n Pulse came to school to celebrate our efforts and champion our school. This was followed by an awards day in London, at Barclays' HQ at which our ambassadors received their awards.
Our initial team of our 16 has now grown to 30 pupils aged from 6 upwards and since 2012 including pupils who have now left us and moved onto secondary school we have trained and been privileged to have a total of 60 Ambassadors come through the school.
In order to be appointed as an Ambassador, pupils must write a letter of application and are then shortlisted to interview by a panel consisting of existing ambassadors and members of staff.
Our Anti Bullying Ambassadors can be seen at break and lunchtimes in their smiley faced t-shirts supporting children with play and around the Buddy Benches, where children can sit if they feel that they need a friend or some help.
As well as fulfilling their daily tasks, Ambassadors organise regular special events to raise the profile of the importance of friendship, tolerance, anti-bullying and simple acts of kindness. They are also responsible for redrafting the anti-bullying and behaviour policies.
The Ambassadors lead assemblies and organise activities annually to celebrate National Anti-Bullying Week.
Our Anti Bullying Ambassadors are:
Year 6 Jacsha, Emma (Vice-Chair), Sam, Tahmid & Caroline
Year 5 Brooke, Charlotte (Chair), Owen, Chloe & Jasmine
Year 4 Grace, Chloe, Lewis, Austin, Renee, Ruby, Phoebe, Lois & Daisy
Year 3 Felix, Grace, Chris, Layla, John & Erin
Year 2 Niamh, Conal, Fionn, Neil & Luke
Any parents or family members are welcome to attend meetings and make suggestions as to future events or activities that the ambassadors could organise.
For two of the last three years we have had a pupil appointed to the National Youth Board.
There were over 100 applicants and Elysia and Tauhid were 1 of 13 each year to be selected. They were required to attend panel meetings in London, at regular intervals throughout the year, as well as liaising in between times with his panel mentor in order to offer ideas and express his opinion on key issues.
We didn't let the weather stop us from sending our anti-bullying writing pledges (written in shared writing) out into the local community. We hope to get replies from the lucky people who received them!
Last Thursday (19th November) we completed a sponsored Jump Rope for Heart as part of our Anti-Bullying 'Feel Good & Help Others Week' activities. All classes participated and between us we managed to jump for 6hrs without stopping led by Keira Lewis (5.5hrs), Mrs Maciver (6hrs), Grace Corbett (3hrs), Harriet Culey (3hrs) and Isabella Fox (3hrs).
The Ambassadors would like to thank all of the children and staff for their tremendous enthusiasm and effort and extend a huge thank you to parents, family and friends who have supported so whole-heartedly and supported us in raising £722!