Last week Aiglon participated in Anti-Bullying week. The Wellbeing Team hosted several events to raise awareness and educate our community about the impact of bullying.
Below is an overview of the week's initiatives:
- Odd Socks: show support of our individual differences
- Kind Cards: share our gratitude with one another
- Cupcakes: recipes for kindness (included photo)
- Lessons: on bullying and bystanders
As a parent, it can be devastating to know that your child is a victim of bullying or bullying others. It is difficult to know how to best approach it. Even though parents cannot control what difficulties children will encounter, they can have some influence over the paths they take and how they can respond to the people or events they face.
Help prepare your child with ideas to use in difficult situations when they might find it hard to think quickly in difficult situations.
You can practice simple and direct sentences that your children can use if they want to stop someone with bullying behaviour. For example “leave me alone”, “back off”, and “that wasn't nice”. The key is that a comeback shouldn't be a put down because that aggravates a bully.
Role-playing is a great way of building confidence and empowering children to face challenges. You can role-play the bully while your child practices different responses until they feel confident dealing with troublesome situations.
Ask your children open-ended questions about how things are going at school. A nurturing climate that encourages them to not be afraid of telling you if something’s wrong. Highlight that their safety and wellbeing is a priority and that it’s good to talk with a trusted adult if they are having a problem.
Create an upstander mentality
By being an active upstander (and not a passive bystander) the child takes positive action when they see another student being bullied. You could ask your children how it would feel to have someone standing up for them and share how one person can make a difference.
For more information, here are some helpful resources:
We encourage parents to reach out to the wellbeing team and house parents if there are any concerns for the student’s wellbeing. You can contact us at any time by writing to [email protected]
Kellie McGill (School Counsellor)
Kellie McGill is School Counsellor at Aiglon. Kellie has 20 years of experience in counselling in residential settings and also private and public schools. Kellie sees students for various needs and provides a safe and confidential space for students to explore their sense of self and all that comes with being a well rounded and successful individual and student. Kellie has additional training and experience in nutritional counselling.
Lisa Lusti (Wellbeing Coordinator)
Lisa Lusti is Wellbeing Coordinator in Aiglon. She is recognized as a trained psychologist in Switzerland. Along with the school counsellor, Lisa works as part of the Wellbeing team to ensure the mental wellbeing of students, offering information and counselling. In addition to offering support, Lisa facilitates mental health and wellbeing projects in the community in order to improve children and staff welfare.