St. Brigid’s PS pupils scoop top prizes in national Anti-Bullying competition

November 26, 2018

Pupils of St. Brigid’s Primary School, Glassdrummond beat off stiff competition from dozens of other schools across the north to scoop top prizes in this year’s creative arts competition, which marked Anti-Bullying Week earlier this month.

Adam Hearty claimed the Runner up spot in the Primary P1 to P4 art category while a number of his fellow pupils won the movie/performance category (anti-bullying song) on the theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, respect.

The campaign encouraged children and young people to think about what respect means to them, while the important initiative explored how respect for others can build an anti-bullying culture in local schools and communities.

The successful pupils received their prizes at a special awards ceremony held recently at Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Speaking at the awards event, Gillian Cuthbert, Chair, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) said: “Anti-Bullying Week, and more specifically the creative arts competition, provides an important way of highlighting the issue of bullying to schools and the wider community. It helps students to understand the nature and complexities of bullying behaviours and explore ways of promoting the positive messages of anti-bullying.

“We have been overwhelmed at the quality of the competition entries this year and the powerful anti-bullying messages that young people have created through the media of art and movie/performance in line with this year’s theme of respect. All of the young people who took part should be congratulated for the fantastic anti-bullying work they created.”

Jacqui Durkin, Director of Inclusion & Wellbeing, Department of Education, added: “The increased awareness and momentum which Anti-Bullying Week generates can be the driving force for good, it changes attitudes for the better and highlights both our continuing need to tackle this problem and our continuing commitment to do so. The entries to this year’s Anti-Bullying competition focused on eradicating bullying by showing “respect” for all and I am very encouraged at the passion and commitment to this aim shown by everyone who entered.”

Translink has been an active supporter of Anti-Bullying Week for the past 10 years and helps to reinforce messages by placing anti-bullying poster displays at train and bus stations across Northern Ireland. Congratulating all of the award recipients, John Thompson, Translink Health and Safety Manager, said:

“Young people across Northern Ireland have shown great awareness of this serious issue and tackled it in expressive and effective ways. They’ve come together with a powerful united voice to say bullying behaviours should not be tolerated in any form and that everyone should be treated with respect. Translink’s pleased to be able to spread this important message across the bus and rail network.”