Since our last blog we have been very busy. The PBN team came together to produce two videos, with the purposes of raising awareness about how serious the consequences of bullying can be, and making sure that EMC students know that the PBN is here to help.
Adam Kerr from Year 9 stars in the first video, depicting first-hand what it can be like to be bullied until you feel you can no longer take it. This video highlights the emotions a victim of bullying may experience as well as the horrific aftermath of a suicide due to bullying.
In the second video, everyone on the PBN team and many of the teachers come together to express our powerful message of zero tolerance to bullying!
Both videos took lots of effort, planning and commitment from everyone involved. The whole PBN team came together, sacrificing their lunchtimes and time after college to give their best performances. Mrs Gummer wrote the screenplays, while budding movie director James Colley from Year 11 edited together and produced the final versions of the two clips.
We also had help from outside the PBN: now ex-student, Sam Mather from Year 11 did a great job with cinematography, framing and filming every shot, as well as providing assistance during the final editing process. Sam described the experience as “really enjoyable, but also quite poignant” and thought his best shot was the dramatic pan when Dennis throws the paper ball. His favourite part of the finished film? “The final montage, because it very effectively drives home the ideas about regret that we were trying to convey”.
This project was a major team effort, and it all paid off when the videos were presented during a number of PBN assemblies. Alongside the choir, who sung ‘Titanium’ and ‘Roar’, we really succeeded in conveying just how important it is to stand up and speak out against bullying. Many students were shocked into silence and even shed a tear at the thought of this happening at our College. Both videos were received very well and stuck a chord with the student population.
If you haven’t yet seen the videos, both are available to watch on the College YouTube Channel – . We are always thinking about new ways we can fight bullying, and we believe that these videos have succeeded in helping to prevent bullying here in our College. Remember: always think about what you say and do, because what you think of as “jokes” could make someone else feel so miserable that they feel desperate. If you are being bullied, don’t be afraid to talk to one of our PBN reps in any year group – or whilst Mrs Gummer on maternity leave, Mr Maddock – and we will do everything we can to stop the bullying.