Making a song and dance out of beating the bullies

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A St Helens school is making a song and dance out of their attempts to stamp out bullying for good.

Sutton Oak CE Primary - inspired by this year’s anti-bullying week, with its theme of ‘make a noise against bullying’ - reproduced the story of the Walls of Jericho in the Old Testament Book of Joshua.

The bibical story tells how the Israelites marched around the city at God’s behest, blowing horns and chanting until the walls crumbled.

The pupil-led School Council hoped that by joining together and marching around the school, they would in a similar fashion defeat bullying.

Like in the biblical story, each day of the week, the separate houses of the school – Rowan, Ash Beech and Elm – marched around the school’s perimeter playing instruments, blowing horns and chanting, and once again all together at the end of the campaign week, producing a cacophonous anti-bullying message.

Head teacher at Sutton Oak, Iwan Williams, said: “Our school has a good record when it comes to bullying, with our pupils upholding our maxim of ‘believe, achieve and grow together’, but we still felt it was a good thing to raise awareness of the issue.

“We all had a great time marching around the school banging drums and blowing horns, demonstrating to all that there’s no place for bullying at Sutton Oak C of E!”