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8 December, 2011

Children display empathy and maturity through our anti-bullying competition

To mark anti-bullying week in November, we invited primary school children to write a story or poem about the hurt caused by verbal bullying.

First prize goes to six-year-old Lucy Hamblett from Cawthorne CE Primary in Barnsley, who wins £100 to spend on behalf of her class.

The judges considered Lucy's story, The Bully Snake, to be highly imaginative and to show great empathy both for victims and bullies. (The Bully Snake is reprinted below.)

The competition received stories, poems and comic strips from primary schools in 27 local authorities. Many showed empathy, maturity and creativity. Here are some extracts: 

'Each day they ask "and how was school today?"
Behind my mask I shrug and say "ok"';

'Other children view what has happened but don't help her
Being a bystander is wrong but much easier';

'So now I speak up and now I declare
Bullies need help to learn how to share'.

The competition is part of our Go-Givers programme. As in previous Go-Givers competitions, the range of entries shows how well children grasp issues around PSHE and citizenship. The children demonstrate a sound understanding of the emotional consequences of bullying and the importance of informing an adult.

However, it is clear that many are not necessarily equipped with a range of tactics for preventing bullying in the first place.

With this in mind, Go-Givers will continue to develop its cross-curricular resources to help children recognise and tackle bullying in its varied forms, both in schools and in society at large. 


Congratulations to:

Harry Farnell at Glusburn C P School in North Yorkshire and Olivia Hurt at Worksop Priory School in Nottinghamshire, for coming second;

Ellie Daniell at Sundridge and Brasted CE Primary in Kent and Tom Kelly at Whiteley Primary in Hampshire, for coming third;

Cameron Mills at Ellwood Community Primary in Gloucestershire, for coming first in the Cartoon category.

You can see the winning entries and other finalists on the Go-Givers Children's Gallery

The Bully Snake

By Lucy Hamblett, age six.

Illustration for 'The Bully Snake' by Lucy Hamblett, age six

One day the horny deer was in the woods and he met the skipping rope snake. The skipping rope snake was the meanest bully in the wood. The snake said:

"You've got spots HA".

The horny deer went deeper into the wood and he met the hungry hippo. The hungry hippo said:

"Why are you so sad?"

"The skipping rope snake said that I had spots."

The hungry hippo was a very clever chap and said:

"We will get three other animals and we will beat the skipping rope snake altogether!"

"Okay" says the horny deer.

Soon they had got three other animals. They were the funny chicken, the happy duck and the raincoat bear. The horny deer told her friends about how sad she was. After she had told them they set off to where the skipping rope snake lived. There were signs that said stuff like 'BOG OFF' but it didn't stop them. The raincoat bear, the leader out of all of them, called the skipping rope snake. He came out of his dark cave and said:

"You have come to see me now," and a cage fell on them. When the skipping rope snake turned its back the raincoat bear said some nice magic words and then the cage went away. The raincoat bear sad:

"I said nice words and the cage went away so maybe I can try it on the skipping rope snake!"

The hungry hippo said that he should give it a go. Then the raincoat bear said to the skipping rope snake:

"We all know you are lonely so if you are good and don't bully anyone we will play with you. Are you going to play with us?"

The skipping rope snake had a think but soon he said:


So they all played and lived happily ever after.

The end. 

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