The Welsh Assembly Government has launched two competitions that are designed to encourage pupils to work together with teachers, parents and friends to highlight the issue of bullying in Welsh schools.
Pupils in primary schools are being asked to write a short poem about bullying, while secondary schools are asked to develop a script for a spoof news bulletin with bullying as the main topic. The news bulletin is designed to encourage young people to think about a world in which bullying isn’t a problem or where the natural order is turned on its head so that it is those who may be considered a bully becoming the bullied.
Both competitions are designed to help pupils - both the bullies and the bullied - to think about the consequences of bullying and to address and talk about bullying rather than ignore it.
The competition winners will be announced during Anti-Bullying Week 2008 and the successful spoof news bulletin will be filmed and featured on the BBC Wales website. The winners of the poetry competition will receive £1000 for their school.
Minister for Education Jane Hutt said:
Unfortunately bullying is still an issue in many of our schools. By using Anti-Bullying Week to highlight the problem we are aiming to encourage schools, pupils, teachers and parents to work together to stamp it out for good in their school.
The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to tackling the issue by encouraging schools to develop and utilise a clear anti-bullying policy. We believe that these two competitions will help children and young people develop a greater understanding and awareness of bullying and generate discussions within the classroom.
The competitions are open to all pupils in primary and secondary schools in Wales. More information and entry packs can be found at www.wales.gov.uk/respectingothers
The deadline for entries is 10th October 2008.
26 September 2008