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Winning anti-bullying songs showcased at Hampshire conference

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Winners of an anti-bullying song competition took centre stage at an anti-bullying conference, for young people aged 10 to 16 in Winchester.

The conference in Ashburton Hall, aimed to inspire young people and school staff, helping them to address incidents of bullying through the use of good role models and was attended by pupils and teachers from 27 schools around the county.

Throughout the day, those attending had the chance to hear the ten winning songs by groups and individuals from all year groups (from infant school through to secondary). Winners were presented with certificates and book tokens by Hampshire Constabulary's Chief Inspector Julie Fry, MBE. The songs were chosen for their powerful, original and meaningful lyrics about the negative effects of bullying and the positive means to tackle bullies.

Receiving an award at the conference, for their songs, were:

  • Fairfields Infant School in Havant
  • Tadley Community Primary School
  • Bosmere Junior School in Havant,
  • Newtown Church of England Primary School in Gosport
  • Hounsdown School in Totton
  • Bay House School in Gosport

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, commented: "Young people need to know how to cope with all forms of bullying and how to promote tolerance and understanding of difference in the school and in the wider community so we can all beat bullying together.

"It is no surprise to me that we have some exceptionally talented young people in Hampshire. The songs performed at the anti-bullying conference differed in musical interpretation, but they each had one thing in common in that they brilliantly sent out the message that bullying should not and will not be tolerated. Communicating the means to tackle bullying through music, is an inspiration and the young song writers deserve to be congratulated."

Both the anti-bullying conference and the song writing competition were organised by the County Council's Anti-Bullying Good Practice Group which linked with the Council's youth participation team and Hampshire County Youth Council in judging the competition.

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