Anti-Bullying Week 2023
During global Anti-Bullying Week last week, Marlborough College Malaysia reinforced the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all pupils. From special assemblies to creative projects, to Odd Socks Day, the College community came together to make a resounding statement against bullying.
The week kicked off on Monday 12th November, with special anti-bullying assemblies that engaged pupils across all year groups. These assemblies served as a platform to raise awareness about the various forms of bullying and emphasised the significance of speaking out against this kind of behaviour and reporting it to a teacher, parent or close friend.
On Friday, 17th November, pupils from Year 6 to Year 8 engaged in a session in the Wykeham Hall led by Ms. Ngakane, focusing on the crucial topic of racism and microaggressions that still exist today. Simultaneously, in the Year 5 shared area, Wellbeing ambassadors conducted a pupil-led assembly addressing both bullying and racism. These assemblies provided a platform for open discussions and empowered pupils to actively contribute to a culture of respect and acceptance.
Pupils in the Prep School, led by Ms. Rydlewski also took a creative approach to expressing their support for the cause by filming a school music video set to Katy Perry’s “Firework” – a powerful anthem that resonates with the theme of the year, “make a noise about bullying.” The video, a collaborative effort from the pupils, was then shown during Anti-Bullying Week, symbolising the collective voice against bullying.
Along with assemblies, Wellbeing lessons were used during the week to educate pupils about the impact of bullying and equip them with strategies to combat it. These lessons aimed to not only address the immediate issue but also to foster a culture of empathy and understanding among the pupil body. In an effort to promote inclusivity and diversity, the pupils took it a step further on Friday by donning odd socks to school, symbolising each individual’s unique differences and creating a safe and welcoming environment for all.
Through a combination of education, creativity, and open dialogue, the school community demonstrated that by standing united, they can make a significant impact on the ongoing battle against bullying.