A CELEBRATION event was held to mark the achievements of schools in helping to tackle bullies.
Throughout 2012, the anti-bullying strategy group worked with a number of Sunderland schools to get the anti-bullying message across, including running conferences and visiting schools to meet with young people.
Councillor Pat Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This event was about celebrating and saying thank you for the achievements that schools and settings have made in developing practices and systems that have not only raised awareness about bullying, but that have also begun to develop a culture in Sunderland that views bullying as unacceptable.”
During the event Southmoor Academy student, Georgia Stead, performed an anti-bullying song that she had written and produced herself and there was a presentation about cyber bullying.
At the celebration afternoon, prizes were also handed out.
Ellie Rodwell, a pupil at Academy 230, was awarded for writing an anti-bullying song for Sunderland.
Olivia Simpson, from East Rainton Primary School, was awarded for creating an anti-bullying mascot and motto for the city, and Karen McCourt from St Anne’s Primary School was presented with a prize for the best display of anti-bullying t-shirts.
Certificates of appreciation were also presented to the secondary schools that hosted the children’s conferences and devoted time and effort to ensure their success, Monkwearmouth, Hetton, Farringdon, St Aidan’s RC and St Robert’s RC.