This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week is “Change Starts with Us”, and the DCGS Welfare Ambassadors lead this week’s assemblies to share the powerful message across the school.

The Welfare Ambassadors are a group of students who tackle tough problems regarding our school's wellbeing, and this week the vast majority of schools across the country have participated in Anti-Bullying Week.

Throughout the week, many discussions revolved around anti-bullying, including simply the meaning of the word bullying - repeated, negative behaviour that is designed to harm or intimidate or humiliate - making the victim feel upset, scared or unsafe. Why might people bully others? This, and numerous other questions were explored by the Welfare Ambassadors, as well as understanding the importance of understanding and working with the bully as much as supporting the victim. They also talked about bystanders and how seeing someone being bullied but doing nothing is condoning the bully’s actions, which encourages the bully to continue.

Ideas were shared on how to get help and how bystanders can step up and take positive action to support victims to help stop bullying. These are small changes that can make a big difference, as all bullying has the potential to have a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood.

To quote a student who conveyed a powerful message elegantly:

Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with working together.

Change starts here.

Change starts now.

Change starts with us.