Good morning everyone. My name is Eve Reidy and I am the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Coordinator.
This is our first year introducing this programme and I know many of you are probably wondering what and who we are. We are a group of students who are committed to creating a positive atmosphere in the school, one in which everyone feels safe and enjoys spending time in. However, this movement is so much more than just one group of students. It is an empowering programme that we hope inspires students and staff in the school to be kind to one another and appreciate each other.
Bullying has always existed in schools and the workplace. However, in recent years, the impact of social media has increased its frequency and threat. Here, at Loreto Foxrock, we strongly believe that a student's happiness in school is the most important thing, which is why we are introducing this powerful programme.
The aim of this programme is not to make anyone feel guilty or shame anyone into thinking that they have done something wrong but rather to give you the tools to understand what is the right thing to do the next time. I am aware that we all make mistakes. We all have experienced moments where we have spoken before we thought. There are times that I myself have been insensitive, selfish or impatient towards others when I should have been more empathetic and understanding. Unfortunately, no one can escape these moments as they are part of human nature but what’s important, is to recognise our mistake, apologise and learn from it.