Anti-bullying message is black and white at Caistor

CYA Pupils with, left, branch manager of Education Network Linda Wright, Senior Education Consultant Lee Smith, Leader of Student Safety Julia Graham and, right deputy headteacher Jenny Rogers , together with Buddy the Panda. (photo by Linda Oxley) EMN-171003-084123001
CYA Pupils with, left, branch manager of Education Network Linda Wright, Senior Education Consultant Lee Smith, Leader of Student Safety Julia Graham and, right deputy headteacher Jenny Rogers , together with Buddy the Panda. (photo by Linda Oxley) EMN-171003-084123001

Students at Caistor Yarborough Academy were surprised to see a panda when they arrived at school recently.

The panda’s visit was part of an anti-bullying assembly for students in Years Seven to 10, led by a team from The Education Network.

Students were introduced to the panda, called Buddy, in the assembly, who then went around each of the classes afterwards.

Julia Graham, leader of Student Safety said: “Caistor Yarborough Academy promotes anti-bullying throughout the whole school, throughout the whole year.

“We are aware that bullying can happen anywhere, but we strongly believe that wherever students are, they have the right to be safe.”

Statistics from the Anti-bullying Alliance show one in 10 children have reported being bullied, while 44 percent have witnessed another pupil being bullied in the last 12 months.

More than two million children worry about bullying and nearly a quarter of them don’t tell anyone if they are being bullied.

“Nobody has the right to make anybody unhappy,” added Mrs Graham.

“At Caistor Yarborough Academy, each individual is valued and respected for who they are.

“We are a school where bullying is seen as unacceptable by all members of the school community.”