Anti-bullying film made at New-Bridge

An anti-bullying film made at New Bridge Integrated College will be screened at a showcase event this Saturday, April 11 at Facebook headquarters in Dublin.

New Bridge, was the only school in Northern Ireland to be chosen by representatives of the Diana Award who spent a day filming at the school.

The Diana Award contacted all schools throughout the UK recently, asking them to apply to be shortlisted for a Diana Award based on their good practice.

Only four schools in Ireland were selected and New Bridge was the only school in Northern Ireland to be successful.

Around 15 students from the school were trained a year ago and are now Diana Award Ambassadors.

The film will show the ambassadors on lunch duty wearing easily identifiable blue hoodies.

The film also shows them taking part in activities led by Banbridge Youth Forum as well as interviews by pupils, staff and teachers.

A drama, written and directed by Mrs Andrea Grimason, and supported by NICIE can also be seen as well as an urban art piece that ambassadors have been working on with a local artist.

The ambassadors who have been dealing with anti bullying for over a year, have been praised by the school.

“In that space of time their commitment and proactive approach to their position has truly amazed me,” said Mandy Wright who has been the anti bullying ambassador mentor.

“They are a very inspirational group of young people, committed to making a difference and tackling the issue of bullying.

“We are all extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time.”

The ambassadors are 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 piece of art that the ambassadors have been working on represents different forms of bullying and the effect it has on the victim.

The mural was inaugurated by Jordan O’Keefe.

Other initiatives that the ambassadors have been involved in include; Two ambassadors being interviewed live by Safer Internet Day TV along with Jordan O’Keeffe.

Two ambassadors attended forums in Craigavon Civic Centre hosted by David Simpson MEP, who has been working to address cyber bullying and internet 

The Ambassadors plan to set up their own Facebook page and look into ways of tackling cyber bullying.