At The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College a number of students have been appointed to serve as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and will help fellow students overcome any issues they may face.

As part of the programme, twelve Year 10 students have completed The Diana Award Anti-Bullying training and now run regular lunchtime support session where they speak to and help other students who may be experiencing issues whether they be inside or outside of school. During Anti-Bullying Week 2018, which commenced on Monday 12th November, the students also delivered sessions across the school to promote friendship and well-being.

The Diana Award's Anti-Bullying Campaign, involves a number of different projects aimed at reducing bullying in schools. One of the main projects is the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme which, since being set up in 2011, has worked in over 3000 schools and has trained over 24,000 young people across the UK to lead on anti-bullying campaigns in their schools.

Maths Teacher, Jon Patton, who leads the ambassadors, said, “Sometimes young people will feel uncomfortable talking to an adult about certain issues and that’s when our ambassadors fulfil an important role. All the students who have been appointed applied for the role and have shown maturity, understanding and respect throughout the training process.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “It is important that all of our students feel safe and confident when at school. As a school we have a well established support network, and now that these students have been trained we have an extra layer of support which will benefit our students.”

Students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College came together on Friday 9th November for the school’s annual remembrance assembly, to mark 100 years since the First World War ended in 1918.

During two special assemblies, students watched, listened and reflected as their peers performed moving pieces of drama, music and dance in honour of those who have given their lives for freedom. During the assembly, the students watched as Terry Aspland, standard bearer from a local branch of the Royal British Legion, lowered the standard as the last post was played, before hearing the school’s headteacher read the exhortation, taken from Laurence Binyon's poem “For the Fallen”.

In addition, as part of the school’s remembrance activities the students also spent time learning about different types of ‘Tommies’ who served in the First World War, including; child soldiers, colonial troops, those conscripted and those who volunteered to serve in pals battalions.

The students also engaged with the names of 1015 soldiers, whose details were downloaded from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website and who are recorded as having died 100 years ago, to the day, on 9th November, 1918. The names of these people are displayed in the school reception area and are over looked by four silhouettes from the ‘There But Not There’ project. To take part in the project the school received an award from Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces today

Dan Phelan, Achievement Leader, said “As a school we have just over 1000 students and on the day of our remembrance assemblies, one hundred years ago, just over 1000 people died. As a school we have remembered these people along with the millions of other who have lost their live in conflict.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “We are proud to continue the tradition of holding a remembrance assembly which gives our students the opportunity to reflect and remember the price which has been paid for our freedom. Seeing the wonderful work our students have produced makes me feel very proud.”

Again this year, kind students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have shown their generous nature by preparing gift boxes which will be received by disadvantaged youngsters many miles away.

Year 7 students from Apollo, Fortune, Garrick and Phoenix House have kindly created, and carefully wrapped, the gift boxes which contain toys, toiletries, school equipment along with other goodies and useful items for disadvantaged children.

The boxes will be collected by a representative from Samaritan’s Purse the organisation behind Operation Christmas Child an initiative which has sent millions of boxes to children is 130 countries since beginning in 1990.

Alison Bearpark, Year 7 Transition Leader said “These boxes will make a tremendous difference to children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am extremely proud of how enthusiastically the tutor team and the students have contributed this year. I also like to say thank you to all parents and carers who have supported this worthy cause.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “I am always pleased by our students’ willingness to help other who are less fortunate. Throughout every academic year we support a range of good causes and charities and our students are always willing to do their bit to help.”

More information Operation Christmas Child can be found here: http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

The next series of Pre-Public exams will begin on Monday 12th November

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