The final Awards presentation of 2015/16 took me to Bolton. I arrived on time and signed in with a very high tech booking system. I was then greeted by Aimi Coote, who entered the project.
She took me up to the school conference room where pupils and teaching staff were waiting. I was introduced to the Head Teacher Mr Roach, and to Bernard Waldron MBE, Chair of Governors. They were both delighted that I had taken the time to visit the school and that the school had won the award.
Mrs Coote welcomed everyone and spoke about how much the school was involved in Anti Bullying. This has been an ongoing project for quite some time, and will continue.
There was a display which had been created by the pupils – the word STOP made up of each pupil’s hand prints, complete with individual anti bullying messages. It was quite clear that this has been an important project that has been taken to the heart of each pupil and the community.
One pupil, Aish, sang a beautiful rendition of the Emily Sandi song ‘Read All About It’. The fitting lyrics echoed the message to stand up to bullying and tell everyone about it.
It was then over to me to present the award, which Mrs Coote was more than happy to accept. We were also joined by the rest of the Pastoral Staff, each of whom has played a part in making the Anti Bullying project successful.
Mr Roach spoke about how the project has taken school by storm, thanks to the support of the teaching staff and the pastoral staff.
Congratulations to Mount St Joseph, a worthy winner for the Anti-Bulling Award.