Our Peer Mentors spoke in assembly this week about their role as Peer Mentors, the school’s wellbeing aims and what the school community is doing for Anti-Bullying Week, under their theme ‘Reach Out’.
Report by Peer Mentors, Charlotte M W and Charlotte A
“Charlotte and I have been chosen to be peer mentors this year and today we are going to be talking about the school’s wellbeing aims, our positions as Peer Mentors and various upcoming events such as Anti-Bullying Week, starting on the 14th of November.
Being a Peer Mentor focuses on improving and maintaining the wellbeing of others, as well as being somebody who you can approach and feel comfortable talking to. We also attempt to promote the events the school hosts and we aim to increase inclusivity and communication, getting more people involved.
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week is focused on the theme ‘Reach Out’. This theme was chosen by students and teachers around the country to get them to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes. Bullying affects millions of lives and can leave many feeling hopeless and alone. However, by reaching out, strides can be made to overcome this challenge.
Anti-Bullying Week is important because it not only raises awareness - but it also allows people to involve themselves with trying to promote anti-bullying and understanding that with any kind of bullying it is important to reach out. Bullying has the potential to significantly affect someone’s life, but by reaching out, this will raise awareness of the problem and get closer to finding a solution.
Bullying can happen in school, at home or online. There are many ways to find support and help, which can be through reaching out to someone you trust or someone you know is being bullied and considering a new approach. Peer Mentors at RHS are always willing to talk to you and will support you if you are feeling down.
To start off Anti-Bullying Week, Odd Socks Day will take place on the 14th of November to celebrate what makes us unique and spread kindness. It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. There is also a competition being judged by Mrs Eales and Miss King for Odd Socks Day photos, and we hope lots of people will get involved.”
During the week pupils and staff will also be exchanging chocolates and postcards with meaningful messages and during Monday family time pupils will be doing some Anti-Bullying Week activities.
Find out more pupil wellbeing at RHS here: Wellbeing at RHS