Kensington and Chelsea College students stood up to bullies this week by helping roll out a major anti-bullying initiative across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Eight Creative and Media Diploma students were so successful in developing an Anti-Bullying Campaign for their course that they were invited to help launch the borough’s Anti-Bullying strategy.
School Heads, The Metropolitan Police and senior community figures were among the guests attending the high-profile event during which the student’s campaign –
‘Bullying Is Cruel Not Cool’ – was profiled.
Presenting, on behalf of his group, student Samuel Gafre spoke to guests about their campaign for which they designed and produced an official poster and set-up a facebook page, which has attracted more than 100 followers so far.
Samuel, 15, said:
‘Being part of the borough event gave us an opportunity to have a discussion about bullying with a wider audience, and allowed us to show what we had been doing to raise awareness on the subject. The audience really wanted to hear what we had to say. As a group we feel like we’ve been able to do something that can really help people. As well as learning how to run a successful campaign, the course project has also made us realise how a good campaign can change people’s views on things or raise awareness. I’m proud of what the group has achieved.’
As part of their campaign the students are also showcasing a drama piece exploring the consequences of bullying. The 20-minute performance is being debuted at the college’s Wornington Centre on Tuesday April 5 and is written and produced by the group under the guidance of drama tutor Adna Sablyich.
Lisa Marklew, College Course Director for the Creative and Media Diploma Course, said:
‘Campaign’ unit of their course is quite a difficult project to undertake, but the students rose to the challenge and have done a brilliant job. They really got into the spirit of it and ran a great campaign.’
The Diploma group, aged between 14 and 16, are released, from St Thomas More School in London, one day a week to attend the two-year Diploma course at the college’s Wornington Campus in West London.
Denise O’Dell-Athill, the college’s 14-19 Schools Liaison Coordinator, added:
‘The Creative and Media Diploma is a great way for students still at school to gain a good working knowledge of the industry and tap into the various creative resources available at the college. We’re really pleased that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have been so supportive of the diploma programme by allowing the students to present at their event. It’s a brilliant opportunity and shows students that what they’re doing is of value and importance.’
Date published: 4 April 2011