The theme of this week was “All Different, All Equal”. During this week, there were several anti-bullying events around the school, including a film project with Mr Gaughan’s media class and a lively debate at Thursday lunchtime from our Debating Society, chaired by Mr McPake.
The Equalities Group presented an assembly to all year groups during this week and spoke of the importance of tolerance and respect. They outlined how verbal bullying in particular could be harmful to a person. For example, we learned that 53% of all bullying faced by LGBT students is verbal abuse.
This prepared the students for their PSE lessons that week, which focussed on awareness of language. With support from LGBT Youth Scotland, each class was shown the LGBT Youth Scotland video “Shh…Silence Helps Homophobia” and asked to take part in a class discussion on why it is important to report bullying language. Each class was then asked to sign a pledge declaring their support to End Homophobic Language and to not be a bystander when they see any occurrences of bullying.
However, our students were not the only ones who were learning more about appropriate terms and language. We were pleased to invite Ann Marriott from LGBT Youth Scotland to the school to deliver a workshop to staff on current LGBT issues facing students.