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Coronavirus Update
Parkside Middle School is now closed, with notable exceptions, in line with government guidelines

Our April Newsletter has been added to the Newsletters page, and for our latest news please visit our School News page.

We hope everyone is safe and well. For your information, there will be no Home Learning Letters for the Easter Holiday;
these will commence again on Monday 20th April. In the meantime, we have put together some Easter activities which are optional for you to try.
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Anti-bullying at Parkside

Parkside's Anti-Bullying Policy.

Anti-bullying week at Parkside.

From the 11th to the 15th November, Parkside supported Anti-Bullying week. All the children embraced the key theme 'Change Starts With Us' by participating in a variety of activities.

On Tuesday 12th November, we marked Odd Socks Day, a national campaign organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Both staff and pupils got on board with this – a big thank you for the support. The aim of the Odd Socks was to celebrate uniqueness and difference.
Anti bullying socks

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors had a key role to play in the week, leading assemblies and giving shout outs for acts of kindness.

On Friday afternoon, to mark the end of the week, the children all took part in different activities as part of their PSHE and Thrive sessions, ranging from creating odd socks and posters, to creating dances and songs to portray the messages learnt across the week. The pupils really invested in the week and came up with some good suggestions as to what more we, as a school and a community, can do to tackle issues of bullying.

A big thank you to everyone for your participation and support.


Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

On 6th March, Mrs Persich took 8 pupils from across Years 5,6 and 7 to Heathfield Knoll School in Kidderminster to complete Anti-Bullying Ambassador training in order to become ambassadors within Parkside Middle School. The pupils had a great time playing games, watching video clips and mixing with pupils from other schools. They learnt about what bullying is, how they can help support people who are on the receiving end of bullying behaviour and have started to come up with ideas for fundraisers and an anti-bullying campaign within our school.

The pupils were a credit to Parkside, exhibiting all the necessary qualities for an ambassador role. Well done to them all! They have all now received their official Ambassador certificates and have been formally introduced to the school. Watch this space for news of our future campaigns and fundraisers!

Feedback from pupils:

Alex Bieniek (Year 6): ‘The whole day was mind-blowing!’
Eva Derbyshire (Year 7): ‘Really showed us what bullying behaviour was and gave us an understanding of how to support our peers.’
Poppy Deakin (Year 5): ‘The games were really fun.’
Libby Collier (Year 7): ‘I really learnt how to help others who may find themselves the targets of bullying.’

Here is a full list of Parkside’s new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors:

Poppy Deakin
Liam Mahoney
Alex Bieniek
Maisie Yarrington
Libby Collier
Eva Derbyshire
Harvey-Leigh Morris
Joshua Tobyn

A special mention has to go to Joshua Tobyn, who has been selected as our Ambassador representative and who will be required to speak to the Diana Award Aftercare team on a regular basis to update them on our campaigns so far! Well done, Joshua!

Useful links

The links below are for advice about bullying for parents and children, as well as some links for helplines.

Diana Award Anti-Bullying Programme

Anti-Bullying Campaign Support Centre

Childline - Bullying and advice on coping and making it stop

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Kidscape - Help with Bullying

Youngminds - Bullying

National Bullying Helpline

This Morning - Bullying helplines