The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is delighted to award the ‘Shield’ Anti-Bullying Flag to the first school in Kerry today. The ISPCC Shield Flag was presented to Coláiste Gleann Lí, Tralee by the ISPCC’s National Anti-Bullying Coordinator Sinead McKee, in recognition of their work in strengthening their preventative and proactive approach to bullying. While several schools in Kerry have positively engaged with the ISPCCs Shield Campaign, Coláiste Gleann Lí is the first in the county to take the extra steps to reach the six necessary criteria to attain this award. Some of these steps include completing the ISPCC Shield My School of Anti-Bullying Toolkit , ensuring a dedicated Anti-Bullying coordinator is assigned within the school and installing the ISPCC ‘Stand Up’ Report Tool( an online reporting tool) to their web page .
The prestigious flag sends a message to the local community that this school has made concrete efforts and is dedicated to working hard and ensuring the implementation of an evidence informed approach to the management and prevention of bullying. The ISPCC commends Coláiste Gleann Lí on their continuous efforts over the last few months and on reflection of this experience Sinead Mckee stated that ‘All too often within the ISPCC we see the damage and impact bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. The experience of bullying can prevent a young person from reaching their full potential in childhood and can have long lasting negative effects into adulthood. The ISPCC are extremely proud of Coláiste Gleann Lí for taking a preventative and evidence informed approach to bullying. By going that extra mile in obtaining the flag, they are now leading the way in the Kingdom and they are a shining example to other schools, clubs and early years services in Kerry in terms of bullying prevention.”
Finally Ms Myrna Egan Co-Ordinator of the ‘Anti-bullying’ committee thanked all those involved in attaining the award. ‘I would like to thank our community of students, parent, staff and management for their sustained interest and support in ensuring that our school is a positive place where each student is valued and respected for their positive contributions to our learning environment”
The ISPCC invites other post-primary and also primary schools, local sporting clubs with a juvenile section, youth clubs and preschools in Kerry to participate in the Shield Anti Bullying Campaign. If you currently work or volunteer with children and want to ensure your organisation has an evidence informed proactive approach to bullying please do not hesitate to contact the ISPCC to see how you can get involved. For more information about any aspect of the Shield campaign please contact Sinead McKee on or 086 722 6788. More information available on www.ispcc.ie/shield.