16th – 20th November 2015 Aims • To empower people to ‘Make a noise’ about Bullying. • To look at how bullying can impact people’s lives. • To look at reasons why people bully. What is bullying The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines it as: “The intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It is usually repetitive or persistent, although some one-off attacks can have a harmful effect on the victim.” Thomas Thomson aged 11 • A distraught mother has claimed that her 11-year-old son was driven to suicide by bullies at his school. • Thomas Thompson took an overdose of painkillers after other pupils picked on him because he was clever and wellspoken, she said. • Sandra Thompson found her son in his bedroom when she returned home from work in the evening. • Her partner, Geoff Clarke, tried to resuscitate the youngster while paramedics were called, but he had suffered a fatal heart attack. • Thomas is believed to be the youngest child to take his own life because of alleged bullying. How can you make a difference? Form Tutor Head of House Mr Boal Mr Schofield Parents There is enough hurt and suffering in this world without us causing it in our school! Don’t try to change people, change the world we live in, make it a better place.