Be Strong Online Ambassador Training Day at KHS

On the 31 January KHS hosted The Be Strong Online Ambassador training day. 8 schools joined the KHS Be Strong Online Ambassadors in an all-day training session during which the students met other students with the same passion to help and support their peers. The Day was led by The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign, the Diana Award was set up in memory of the work of Princess Diana. This charity supports young adults in their learning about the different challenges teenagers have to face in their day to day lives in our modern digital world. During a number of workshops students gained awareness of the impacts the internet has on this generation and how to cope with the stress of dealing with this. Students had to think about what impact social media can have on each individual and the consequences any online activity may bring. An eye opening honest workshop that highlighted the reality and importance of online presence, knowledge and understanding.

All students that took part in the workshop are now qualified Be Strong Online Ambassadors. KHS has 5 Ambassadors for each year group, each student applied for the opportunity by writing a letter with their hopes and aspirations for the project. They will be responsible for running short educational sessions for students on online safety, facilitating discussions about students’ digital lives and online behaviour, and running campaigns across our school to raise awareness of digital issues. Our Ambassadors are now getting ready to launch the Campaign across our school.

‘It isn’t about doing something for yourself, it is about helping your friends and supporting them. We also need to highlight the positives the internet has, not just the negatives.’ Danielle

‘We need to be strong together and support each other.’ Marimar

‘It was wonderful to see our hall filled with 120 passionate young people from all across London come to Kingsbury with a commitment to help our young people be resilient when managing themselves online. Throughout the day the hall was buzzing with energy and ideas and a determination to make an impact on their school communities. I am certainly looking forward to seeing our own Kingsbury Be Strong Online Ambassadors get to work, to support our students dealing with the complexities of being online.’ Sarah Purtill, Head of Safeguarding.

Anti-bullying in KHS

Our Year 7 students took part in a whole day workshop based on anti-bullying.
First they watched a performance by the Tip of the Iceberg Theatre group (www.tipoftheiceberg.biz). The play covered a range of themes including Internet safety and awareness, identity, life changes, self-esteem, body image, pressure & stress, communication, drugs, and the media. This session was then followed by workshops and thinking about practical ways we can stop bullying at KHS.

Kingsbury High School Student chosen for National Anti-Bullying Youth Board

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14 year old Naren Kondhia from Kingsbury High School has been selected from 100 applicants to be a National Anti-Bullying Ambassador Youth Board Member.

16 inspirational young people, aged from 9 – 19 from different regions across England, have been selected to sit on the Youth Board. The Youth Board will represent the views of thousands of schools and young people from across the UK, offering advice on anti-bullying policies and practises. The members will also be given the opportunity to help with the planning of this year’s Anti-Bullying week which takes place in November.

The Diana Award runs the Anti-Bullying Ambassador’s programme, a nationwide peer led initiative with 2,000 trained ambassadors in over 300 schools across the UK. The Diana Award helps the Ambassadors by holding training events, giving them inspiration, practical ideas and top tips.

Naren said: “I am delighted to be part of the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board and I am looking forward to representing young peoples’ views about bullying and sharing best practice. By being a board member, I feel I will definitely make a difference to the lives of other young people who have experienced bullying or have been a bully themselves.”

Alex Holmes, Diana Award Anti-Bullying Programme Manager said: “I was really impressed with the applications we received for the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board. I am looking forward to meeting up with the board members throughout the year and hearing their views, ideas and recommendations. The National Anti-Bullying Youth Board members will provide a true insight into bullying issues throughout the UK and listening to them will shape our approach to bullying for future generations.”

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme will receive no further government funding from April 2013. To ensure the ambassadors programme can continue to be run in schools throughout the UK future funding is needed.

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.

For more information or to join our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme, please visit www.diana-award.org.uk

[text by The Diana Award; photograph by Steve Foster]

Kingsbury High School Anti-Bullying Champion fronts London Bus Campaign

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Kingsbury High School student, Alizay Agha has been chosen as one of the faces of the Diana Award anti-bullying advertising campaign. Alizay features in an advert on the route 23 bus which runs across the centre of London.

First London, part of First Group plc, has donated advertising space on five of its new London buses to the Diana Award, in recognition of young people’s dedication to improving their communities.

Five young people, each with their own inspiring story, feature in the campaign, Who Inspires You? The five young people represent the five Diana Award categories – the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion, the Diana Active Campaigner, the Diana Champion Fundraiser, the Diana Champion Volunteer and the Diana Courageous Citizen.

Minister for Children and Families Tim Loughton met the exceptional young people who are the faces of the campaign at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 12th December 2011.

Tim Loughton said: “I am always humbled to meet exceptional young people who go the extra mile and give back to their communities. The young people honoured with the Diana Award should be proud of their achievements. They are an inspiration to others to get involved and make a difference.” 14 year old Alizay said: “Being part of such an amazing advertisement campaign and representing an Anti-Bullying Champion makes me feel proud to know that I represent those who work to reduce bullying. I know what it’s like to be bullied and I used my experience to support others and I inspire them to stand up against bullying.”

Alizay was nominated by her teachers for a Diana Anti-Bullying Award for her commitment to tackling bullying. Alizay went through a difficult phase in her life, where she was being bullied severely. After fighting through this she was motivated to share her experience and knowledge on Anti-Bullying with other pupils in her school. She took part in a one week training course with an organisation, PeerLink, a national network for young people involved in conflict resolution and mediation.

She became a trained and certified mediator and along with the other pupils, they set up a lunchtime drop in club and called Unite. Alizay was asked to mediate pupils who were being bullied, and she helped them re-gain some confidence. Alizay has tried to create a new mind-set for pupils in her school focusing on self acceptance and accepting others. Alizay also visits primary schools to educate the younger children on what bullying is and how we can prevent it.

The young people who are part of the campaign also went to Downing Street to deliver photographs of the campaign to the Diana Award Patron David Cameron.

For more information or to make a nomination go to: the Diana Award

[information provided by the Diana Award; photograph by Steve]

Anti-Bullying Champions Praised with Diana Award

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Former students Emily Aldrich and Eleanor Rambellas-Roche have been publicly honoured with the Diana Award for their work within Kingsbury High School’s anti-homophobia group, Cambio.

Cambio was nominated because the members of the group worked really hard to make Kingsbury High School a better, more tolerant, place for staff and students. The students were really brave to do this, as a high school can be a difficult place to talk about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues, and they worked really hard, despite the pressure of exams and university applications.

Emily and Eleanor received their award at the Diana Award Inspire Day 2011 held at Barclays Corporate in Canary Wharf on Monday 12th December. Clare Nasir – ITV weather girl, presented the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion Award to them.

For more information or to make a nomination go to: the Diana Award

Diversity Role Models Anti-Bullying Workshop

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A group called Diversity Role Models spoke to some Kingsbury High School students as part of Anti-Bullying Week. Diversity Role models is an anti-homphobia charity that wants to stop bullying before it happens by educating all young people about differences in sexuality and gender identity.

The session included a discussion about homophobia: what it is, why it happens and how it affects people. The group heard from two role models who spoke about their personal experiences of being gay and students had the chance to ask questions about their lives and their school days.

[text by Ms O’Neill; photographs by Steve]

The Diana Award

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“My name is Alizay, I’m 14 years old and attend Kingsbury High School. I have one dream, one ambition and one goal: to make a difference, whether big or small.

As part of a group called UNITE we received our Diana Anti-Bullying Champion award in summer 2011. UNITE is a group run by young mediators certified by PERRLINK. We run games and activities at lunchtime and guide children through conflict.

When I received my Award it inspired me! I researched different opportunities and Lady Diana herself. I came across a Pakistani organisation called ‘REHEL’ for disadvantaged children. I contacted the director and she suggested an internship at the children’s hospital rainbow club for terminally ill young children. I attended certified Child Abuse training and then started my internship in the Children’s Hospital – Lahore.

I played with the children, taught them how to read and write in English and bonded with them very well! From 10am – 1pm I was a friend, even after those hours their smiles wouldn’t escape my mind.

I enjoyed everything from the dancing to the learning! I feel I am more humble and caring now. I realised all that happened in life would never outshine the time I spent at the Rainbow Club.

Unforgettable.”

[By Alizay; image from The Diana Award]