The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is on Friday March 15th. The campaign will focus on the role of bystanders to bullying and investigate the theme “Take a Stand Together”. Our school will participate in the campaign to show our support for reducing bullying in our school, community, workplace and all walks of life.
The Border Morning Mail interviewed our EQ Executives on Tuesday and asked them for their opinions on bullying and their strategies for coping with it. I was inspired by their comments and felt very proud as I listened to all of the strategies and tools they had to cope in situations where they are a witness to bullying or a victim of bullying.
It is never okay to bully another human being. We all have the right to feel safe, accepted and a sense of belonging within our school, workplace and community. This belief is one of the driving forces behind our EQ program at Melrose. Children need to be taught how to be considerate of themselves, others and the world in which they live.
At Melrose, we take the social and emotional wellbeing of every child very seriously and began teaching emotional intelligence as a curriculum subject 8 years ago. Every class has an EQ Hour, 4 days a week to learn and develop emotional intelligence. The elements of EQ are taught around the framework of ‘To know Yourself, To Choose Yourself, and To Give of Yourself’.
We teach children how to make strong choices and what it means to be strong on the inside. Some of the ways we can be strong on the inside is when: we help our friend, when we ignore people who try to get us to do the wrong thing, when we help at home without being asked, when we keep trying when something is hard, when we help someone who has been hurt, when we help someone who is being bullied, when we ignore distractions in class.
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