Anti-bullying contest gets kids creative

PC Justine Lewis with pupils from Park Community School in Havant who all took part in an anti-bullying poster competition at the school
PC Justine Lewis with pupils from Park Community School in Havant who all took part in an anti-bullying poster competition at the school
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PUPILS are kicking bullying into touch with a series of powerful posters.

The youngsters at Park Community School, in Leigh Park, were set a challenge by safer schools liaison officer PC Justine Lewis to get creative and send a message to bullies.

There were 46 entries to the competition, showing pupils are not prepared to tolerate intimidating behaviour.

PC Lewis said: ‘The response we had was really good.

‘They used really creative ways to express the anti-bullying message by using computers, painting and drawing.

‘Some used scenarios. Others used quite bold emblems with examples of what to do in difficult situations.

‘Another very clever one had pictures of children, emblems and then bullying statistics.

‘One young lad took his own slant on it and instead wrote a brilliant story about himself as an adult. He talked about doing things wrong in the past and how he had overcome bullying and how as a grown-up he had looked back and seen how much he had loved his time at Park Community.’

The competition was part of National Anti-Bullying week which ran in November.

The overall winner was year 11 pupil Callie Webb.

Other winners were Moreisha Ridgeway, Shannon Atkins, Callie Gee, Danielle Skinner, Caitlin Chappell, Amelia Shute, Decal Grant, Erin Baker, Michael Nicholls and Damien Appleton.

They won prizes including cinema tickets, leisure centre passes, bowling trips, a family trip to Staunton Country Park and tickets for two to Crazy Caves.