FAB (Friends Against Bullying)
At Hermitage Academy we want you to feel safe and secure, able to build positive relationships with peers and with adults and achieve the best that you are capable of. Your health and wellbeing is central to this and proactive approaches to anti-bullying help you maintain good social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Hermitage Academy has a well-established and embedded practice of involving S6 pupils in supporting the school’s commitment to preventing bullying. With the creation of the Hermitage Leadership Academy, S6 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors’ will lead the way and be a shining example of good practice in supporting you and the prevention of bullying.
The FAB group are responsible for a great deal of bullying prevention work within the school of which there are more details in the school's anti-bullying policy.
What do we do?
FAB currently meets every Thursday afternoon to learn important communication and counselling skills, causes of bullying behaviour and stratgeies to prevent and deal with bullying. We also visit local Primary schools to help support the P7 pupils prior to transition to S1, and contribute to the PSE programme by delivering anti-bullying lessons.
Members are available every lunch and break, around the school to stop bullying in the grounds. This also paired with the S1 buddy scheme, where every first year has a sixth year buddy with whom they can confide any problems they have.
If you have any worries or issues or just need someone to talk to, FAB is here for you.
Bullying - Advice for Pupils
Nobody has the right to hurt other people by hitting them, kicking them, calling them names, spreading rumours about them or doing anything else which is intended to be upsetting. This includes ‘cyber bullying’ (where social networking sites are used to hurt others) and texting.
What to do if you are being bullied?
- Talk to someone you can trust, a teacher, parent, relative or friend.
- If you can, write down everything the bullies have done or said to you.
- Keep any texts, emails or comments from social networking sites to show your teacher or parent and then block the senders.
- If you find it difficult to talk to an adult, ask one of your friends to come with you or ask someone to talk to an adult on your behalf.
- Most importantly, do something. Sometimes bullying stops quickly but doing nothing means that it may continue until someone is seriously hurt. That could be you or bullies may find a new victim. If their behaviour is not challenged they are unlikely to stop
What not to do
- Don’t try and deal with the problem on your own ~ there is nothing wrong in asking for help
- Don’t hit the bullies ~ you might end up being accused of bullying yourself
- Always tell the truth about what has happened. Don’t exaggerate. If a small part of what you are saying is shown to be untrue then it throws everything else into doubt
- Don’t believe the lies the bullies are telling about you
- Don’t hide what is happening from people you trust. Keeping things secret is the bullies’ biggest weapon against you. That’s why they go to so much trouble to stop you telling.