Amesbury is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA). The ABA is a coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. The ABA welcomes membership from any organisation or individual that supports this vision and supports a network of thousands of schools.
The ABA has three main objectives. They are:
- To raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of children and young people
- To create a climate in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable
- To make sure that teachers, youth practitioners, parents, carers, children and young people have the skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.
To mark Anti Bullying Week 2018 Amesbury worked closely with local schools to produce a moving film. Using the stunning back drop of The Devils Punchbowl, Hindhead, Surrey, the group of 30 children from 7 different Independent and State Schools worked collaboratively to produce a highly emotional performance of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’ song.
Not only did the film receive over 18,900 views on YouTube, celebrities Amanda Holden, Ben Cohen and Christina Aguilera, who originally sang the song, all tweeted about the film.
2018 was the second time Amesbury had produced a music film to emphasis the issue of bullying. In 2016 Mark Reynolds worked with 14 Amesbury pupils who performed ‘Something Inside So Strong’.
The effects of bullying can be enormous for those involved. By uniting together, strengthening community friendships and making a stand against bullying Amesbury actively and collaboratively works to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
All teachers at Amesbury complete on-line training provided by ABA. The organisation also provides excellent on-line training for parents. This training provides a common framework and language for pupils, teachers and parents, which is extremely helpful when discussing relational conflict and bullying. We therefore encourage you to go to the following link and complete the on-line training.