Summerhill Preparatory School takes a stand on bullying

Learners against bullying (Front) Christopher Chetty, Veshan Pillay, Erin Botha, Nireshka Soman, Ahalya Naidoo, Travis Taylor (Back) Benjamin Fast, Yadav Singh and Mateo Losch. Picture:Supplied


The Grade 7 children and teachers of Summerhill Preparatory College hosted their first Focus Week against bullying on 5 June.

The children went to school dressed up as superheroes and spread the message to younger children at the school that they were available to save them from bullying. On 7 June, the Grade 7s brought teddy bears to school under the theme, Be a Buddy, not a Bully.

The administrator at Summerhill Preparatory College, Teressa Oates said that throughout the week, children and teachers of all grades got involved in making the Be a Buddy, not a Bully wall at Summerhill.

“Everyone wrote their name down next to their thumbprint to make their mark, thereby pledging their support against bullying,” said Oates.

On Friday all children at the school wore their sneakers to show that they were taking a stand against bullying. During assembly, schoolchildren, Mia Viljoen, Mateo Losch, Zenia Vernava and Jemma Mills delivered speeches on bullying, while Malaika Kamal, Ariella Venkatrathnam, Leilani Shilubane and Thulasizwe Ngcobo addressed their peers on the different types of bullying and how to deal with it.

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Summerhill strives to be a bully-free school and at the end of the Focus Week, we are one step closer to achieving that. Children and teachers have become more aware and actively involved in making this a safe space for us all.”

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