Dundonald is a Rights Rights Respecting School. This means that our ethos is underpinned by the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC). Children learn about their rights and how to respect the rights of others.
The emphasis within the school is on developing self-discipline. We encourage children to make good behaviour choices. We expect polite, cooperative and respectful behaviour towards each other, from both adults and children at all times. We encourage children to use words to solve conflict rather than physical action. Occasionally children need support to behave appropriately. Staff work together to help a child by endeavouring to understand, treating each child fairly and as an individual and providing positive emphasis on appropriate behaviour.
Parents/carers will always be informed and invited to work together with the team where a child is in need of support.
We believe children should enjoy their school life free from bullying. At Dundonald Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and creative environment which celebrates diversity and promotes the inclusion of all. Every child is a member of our community and they are valued.
We want children to be informed, to know what bullying is and what to do if they feel they are being bullied or see bullying. Members of the school council have designed Anti-Bullying leaflets for children in Lower and Upper School. These leaflets are easily accessed from the corridor displays in Lower School and Upper School School.
Children are always encouraged to speak out and tell an adult if they are being bullied or are worried someone else is. Children have a 'Trusted Adult' in school who they have named as a person they would go to in this situation, although we emphasise they can talk to any adult about bullying. This list is updated each year.
In November, we dedicate a whole week to focus on anti-bullying and what we can all do to ensure bullying does not take place in our school.
The overarching theme of our recent Anti-Bullying Week (November 2018) was 'Choose Respect', a theme that the Anti-Bullying Alliance developed with young people.
We started the week with Odd Socks Day which was an opportunity for everyone (children and staff!) to express themselves and appreciate individuality by wearing bright colours/different styles of socks.
Throughout the week, children learnt about this theme in their classroom, took part in lessons about how to 'choose respect', understanding that their behaviour can have a positive or negative impact on others and identifying different types of bullying.
The following video was produced by pupils as a homework project during Anti-Bullying week 2017/18 which followed the theme 'All Different, All Equal':
Although anti-bullying is a particular focus during one specific week in November, the messages from the work we do will be reiterated throughout the year during PSHE lessons, in assemblies and through the wider curriculum embedded with our ethos as a Rights Respecting School.
For more information about Anti-Bullying at Dundonald Primary School, please read the
Anti-Bullying Advice for Parents/Carers
Please see below a list of helplines and websites which can offer valuable support and advice:
- Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA): Website that provides information, advice and support.
- Bullying UK: Part of the Family Lives website which provides information, advice and support.
- Childline: A charity for children and young people. Both the website and phone line have trained volunteers that can offer advice 24hours a day.
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provides help and advice on cyberbullying.
- Family Lives: A charity for parents and families to provide support and advice 24 hours a day (including bullying).
- Kidscape: A charity that provides workshops for children that need support with bullying issues. It is a helpline for parents/carers as well.