Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at William Hogarth Primary share why they are proud to be Ambassadors and the projects they have worked on together.
We recently visited William Hogarth Primary School to interview their young people about being The Diana Award trained Anti-Bullying Ambassador’s and their recent participation in the additional online Respect training.
The Diana Award Respect training provides support to tackle racist and sexual bullying behaviour in primary and secondary schools. Our expert team is on hand to offer FREE online training and support to trained Anti-Bullying Ambassador schools across the UK, thanks to funding from iWill and Spirit of 2012.
Here’s what the teacher and young people had to say:
Principal – Miss A Stockley
We live in a world where there’s so much unkindness because of differences. Differences are there to be celebrated, and we can learn a lot from each other. At William Hogarth Primary, one of our primary ethos is kindness; we deliberately practise gratitude and kindness every day.
With the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme, we wanted to give children the confidence to stand up for what they really believe is right and help make a difference in their world.
Following their Ambassador training, the children have a real say in what they want to prioritise within their projects.
Miss L Cowell – Lead of PSHE and Year 6 Teacher
I decided our school should get involved with The Diana Award because I wanted to choose a project that would contribute to the overall wellbeing of the school. We’re a very diverse school – children from different backgrounds were able to engage with their Anti-Bullying Ambassador training.
We have a ‘Learning to Lead’ programme, where we encourage students to lead on a variety of projects. After their Ambassador training, our students were raring to go and learn about how they can help our community. I was amazed and astounded to see how the children took ownership of the projects following our anti-racism training. The Diana Award really encourages young people to leading projects. One of the main reasons for the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme being successful is because of the children leading it themselves.
I believe The Diana Award training is worthwhile for every school. It’s helped me see the good in the children and the community – it provides a framework for everyone to come together.
Valentino – 11 years old
I feel proud to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. In my school, we’ve done a lot of activities to work for our Ambassador Badges, such as a bake sale, mufti day and making posters about LGBTQ+ people who have inspired us.
Learning about bullying tells me that bullying is a repeated, bad behaviour and there are many ways someone can bully.
Since my Ambassador Training, I am thinking more about helping people and giving advice on bullying behaviour.
Sophie – 10 years old
When you get bullied it takes a toll on your mental health. I feel like I have an important role in my school as an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. I’ve helped many children across the school; we’re trained to know what to do to help people who are having bad experiences with bullying.
I felt excited to work on different anti-bullying projects. It’s a great opportunity for me. We made posters for Black History Month about inspirational Black people that have made a change in the world. I made one of Serena Williams – she really inspired me as she never gave up on her dream and is a very kind person.
We also ran an activity called ‘Racism Gets A Red Card’ where we all wore a piece of red clothing.
At our school, we have a Worry Monster, where we put sticky notes inside anonymously if we are worried about anything and then a teacher will speak to us.
This programme is really important for schools with children struggling with bullying.
Lorenzo – 9 years old
As an Anti-Bullying Ambassador, we get trained to deal with bullying during our training sessions. We met with other schools to get our training. It’s a very fun thing to do – I’ve made friends through it. We meet every Friday to talk about what else we could do around the school to help children if they are sad because they’re being bullied.
I have learnt about cyberbullying. If you are being bullied online, you can report and block them so you never have to speak with that individual again.
Our class has been learning about Martin Luther King. Learning about other people helps us learn more about respect.
I feel grateful for earning my Anti-Bullying Ambassador badge, now I know what it takes to become an Ambassador and what you can achieve from it.
Bruke – 10 years old
My parents are proud of me for becoming an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. Everything we have learnt will be useful in the future, I can use it for my whole life. I think it will help make the world a better place.
I feel happy and excited because we really earnt our badges and I think we’ve done a good job. Other children should do this programme so people can learn about anti-bullying too.
For LGBTQ+, we all dressed up in different colours. We learnt that no matter who you are, you should respect people’s decisions.
Anay – 10 years old
As one of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in my school, we have run many assemblies about anti-bullying and racism.
We got to draw pictures about LGBTQ+ people and write about them. We each chose one person to talk about – I chose Jojo Siwa. It was important to learn about her because it taught us to be respectful to everyone, even if they are different.
I have learnt to spend my whole life being respectful to everyone, even if they are different. I think other students should become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors because we are helping our school.
Timur – 10 years old
It feels nice being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador. I feel like we have an important role in the school. I’m proud of myself.
To work towards our Ambassador badge, we did lots of different projects. For one of them, we drew a famous and some children wrote a speech based on Martin Luther King’s model. It’s interesting to learn about other races. In different parts of the world, there are different lifestyles. It’s important to learn about that, and the link between respect and understanding other cultures. If we learn about other people’s cultures, we can learn to respect their cultures.