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Stop and Think - Words Can Hurt

To support Anti Bullying Week (14th -18th November) Voicebox, Manchester's secondary school council network, is holding a special Anti-bullying event on Tuesday 15th November at Chorlton High School.

The theme of this year's Anti Bullying Week is 'Stop and Think - Words Can Hurt', focusing on the damage that verbal bullying and name calling can cause. Pupils have voted on the activities they want to run at the meeting; including introducing a pledge to stop bullying in Manchester's secondary schools as well as creating a group artwork that will used to form the basis of a poster.

Chorlton High School pupils will be performing a play written specifically for Manchester by anti-bullying specialist Robert Higgs. 'Goldfish Bowl' explores the concerns that primary school pupils have about moving up to high school. The performance will be a fantastic opportunity for other Manchester secondary schools to view the play in action so they can consider using it with feeder primary schools next summer.

Voicebox is the school council network for Manchester's secondary school pupils which involves Pupil Voice activities. The meetings offer a great opportunity for pupils to find out about local projects and initiatives they can get involved in and contribute towards, as well as to develop new skills for consultation, debate and effecting positive change in their schools and local communities.

Developed and led by Manchester Healthy Schools, the Voicebox meetings follow a health-related agenda including healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing.