RESPECT was the clear message from the winners of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week creative arts competition (art and movie/performance) which were announced recently at a special awards ceremony at Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
The annual creative arts competition has always played an important part of the Anti-Bullying Week initiative, which ran from November 12, 2018.
Amongst the winners were St Brigid’s Primary School, Crossmaglen, winner of the movie/performance category (anti-bullying song).
Adam Hearty, a pupil at St Brigid’s Primary School, Crossmaglen, was runner up in the Primary P1 to P4 art category, while Nathan Caulfield, Killowen Primary School, Rostrevor, was the runner up of the Primary P5 to P7 art category.
The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is respect. The campaign encourages children and young people to think about what respect means to them, what it feels like to be respected and how they show respect to others. Overall, this important initiative explores how respect for others can build an anti-bullying culture in local schools and communities.
Speaking at the awards event, Gillian Cuthbert, Chair, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), said: “Anti-Bullying Week, and more specifically the creative arts competition, provides an important way of highlighting the issue of bullying to schools and the wider community. It helps students to understand the nature and complexities of bullying behaviours and explore ways of promoting the positive messages of anti-bullying.
“We have been overwhelmed at the quality of the competition entries this year and the powerful anti-bullying messages that young people have created through the media of art and movie/performance in line with this year’s theme of respect. All of the young people who took part should be congratulated for the fantastic anti-bullying work they created.”
Jacqui Durkin, Director of Inclusion & Wellbeing, Department of Education, added: “The increased awareness and momentum which Anti-Bullying Week generates can be the driving force for good, it changes attitudes for the better and highlights both our continuing need to tackle this problem and our continuing commitment to do so.
“The entries to this year’s Anti-Bullying competition focused on eradicating bullying by showing “respect” for all and I am very encouraged at the passion and commitment to this aim shown by everyone who entered.”