An inspirational group of young people from New-Bridge Integrated College, who are committed to making a difference by tackling bullying, have unveiled a mural as part of their ant-bullying initiative. New-Bridge was privileged to acquire the skills of renowned Dublin born street artist Dermot McConaghy. Dermot spent time consulting with the anti-bullying ambassadors on the design of the mural which depicts images based on this years Anti Bullying theme ‘I See, I Feel, I hear’. (See gallery for artwork images)
The inspired mural represents different forms of bullying and the effect it has on the victims. The main focus of the artistic piece depicts a pupil reaching down to help another pupil up, with colour seeping into black and white, to promote the creative slogan ‘take a stand, lend a hand’.
The mural, which was inaugurated by none other than ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner, Jordan O’Keefe, highlights the devastating impact of bullying and is part of an ongoing strategy to tackle bullying.
Tara Curran, Maria McAnearney, Niamh Markey, Suzie Noble, Tammy Reid, Nicole Kane, Rachel Canniford, Patrick McKinley, Matthew Blain, Jack Proctor, Jack Myles, Stephen Bingham, Daniel Moore, Enda Harrow and Dylan Stewart.
The ambassadors are easily recognisable thanks to their easily identifiable blue hoodies. When they are not on lunch duty, they patrol the playground, the canteen and the drop-in room.
The initiative started a few months ago, when the ambassadors brainstormed the Northern Ireland Anti Bullying Forums theme for 2013-14.
Six weeks ago, the Dianna Award contacted all of the schools throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland who had been trained, asking them to apply to be shortlisted for a Diana Award based on their good practice.
Other initiatives that the ambassadors have been involved in include being interviewed live by Safer Internet Day TV.
Two of the ambassadors have attended forums in Craigavon council chamber, hosted by David Simpson MP, who has been raising awareness of cyber bullying and internet trolling. Mr Simpson was present for the official opening of the tunnel and has been a wonderful support to the students and the College. ( See gallery)
In addition, the students have met with a representative from ‘Belong’ who will be providing further training. In the future, the pupils hope to set up their own Facebook page and take on cyber bullying.
In their short year of operation, their commitment and proactive approach to their position have been described as “truly amazing” by Mrs Anderson, Principal – well deserved praise indeed for the dedicated students!