BLUE balloons with anti-bullying messages attached to them were released into the sky by 130 Gosport students.
The new year sevens at Bridgemary School made a symbolic commitment to fighting bullying in any shape on the last day of Anti-Bullying Week.
Annie Lanzon, anti-bullying co-ordinator, said: ‘Every week is anti-bullying week here, but this week there’s a special focus on our new students because we want them to know we are committed to making their stay a happy one.
‘Our message is you have to report bullying or no-one will know – often the people doing the bullying don’t realise the consequences of their actions.
‘I’ve just had a meeting with a parent of a student who feels he he’s being bullied. Our teachers picked up on it as they noticed he wasn’t happy in class and his attendance plummeted.
‘Bullying can have a very damaging effect on a student’s attainment and well-being which is why we take it so seriously.’