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Mount Sackville Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Presentation in the Mansion House

Mount Sackville Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Presentation in the Mansion House

The Ambassadors from Mount Sackville Secondary School were invited by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Brendan Carr and The Diana Awards Team to showcase the work they do to highlight and combat bullying in our school. The event which took place in the Mansion House today was attended by Mr Alex Holmes from the Princess Diana Award s Team, Mrs Joan Burton, Local Labour Representative, Mr John Walsh, School of Education, Trinity, representatives from IBM and Vodafone  along with a number of  staff and students from other primary and secondary schools

This event began with the Lord Mayor commending the girls in Mount Sackville on their work.  He commented on the girls’ positivity and skills. Both he and Joan Burton spoke on the problem of bullying in the workplace and how this often stems from bullying in both Primary and Secondary Schools. The Lord Mayor suggested that this programme should be in every school in Ireland.

Kai Donohoe and Evana Cassidy, representing the Ambassadors spoke about how many of our social problems stem from Bullying; Racism, domestic violence, workplace bullying, xenophobia and homophobic,  are all based on bullying. They spoke about how the group concentrated on the issue of exclusion and how one of their greatest successes to date was the establishment of the now well sought after Cosy Corner. It is a space that was created in the school with a peaceful and friendly ambiance for our students to enjoy. In this room students can play games, watch movies and make new friends.  Feel good compliments are also posted on students’ lockers.

They outlined how they understand that when first year students come into secondary school they can be filled with anxious emotions as they face one of the most daunting concepts; that is change. To make this transition easier the Ambassadors pair each first year with a fifth year student. The fifth year student acts as a big sister and someone for the new students to confide in.

They explained how they have established a worry and sorry box in the school reception area to allow students to report an incident or apologise for something they have done.

Joan Burton commented on how she particularly liked this idea and the idea of complimenting students by placing positive comments on their lockers.

Finally, the Ambassadors presented the Lord Mayor with a tie in the Mount Sackville colours as a token of our gratitude.

Thank you to the following students for making the day a great success: Kai Donahoe, Evana Cassidy, Saoirse Buckley, Sarah Prendergast, Hannah Leen, and Sohini Sengupta. Thanks also to my colleague Ms Anne Meade for her help in preparing for and coming along to the event.

Mary Delaney Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator

For more information on our ABA Work log onto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4OtfvO2BM

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[ 23 May 2017 ]