FHS students star in video for Anti-Bullying Week

September 28 2018
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A GROUP of students from Fairfield High School have put their creative skills to good use to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week.

For the second year running, Anti-Bullying Alliance approached Bristol-based Unique Voice to produce the official films for this year’s National Anti-Bullying Week, which takes place from Monday 12 - Friday 16 November. 

The small, not-for-profit organisation uses performance and creative workshops to explore issues of social and moral significance with young people, and they have created two videos for primary and secondary schools which will be shown to thousands of children, teachers and parents across the UK.

For the secondary school video in particular, Unique Voice decided to work with Fairfield High School. Krystal Keeley, Company Director at Unique Voice said: “We work closely with Fairfield and felt they have a creative voice to contribute to the issue of bullying and selected their school from all of the Bristol secondaries to help represent the national film. 

“We worked with a small group with the support of their English teacher Miss Hooke, who assigned the students the task of creating beat poetry to explore the messages behind the theme #ChooseRespect. Unique Voice then worked with the students to develop and produce their poetry and performances that feature in the film.”

It is clear that being given this project was a real privilege to the students involved and that they were very aware of the potential impact it will have on their peers. 

Deborah commented: “This was an area of interest to us all. Respect is important, not just in school but in everyday lives. Everyone has the capability to be respectful.”

Alice added: “Communicating messages such as these across make the school environment nicer to be in as it will encourage everyone to respect everyone else.”

Sahr concluded: “This video brings the community together. Once everyone’s respectful everyone can get on with each other. Our aim was to influence the youth in a language which talks to them and we’re happy we managed to do that.”

Speaking of the student’s involvement, Rose Hooke, Achievement Co-ordinator at Fairfield High School said: “I am so proud about the mature way in these students seized control of this video. The end result is a powerful, captivating and inspirational piece of footage, written by students, for students, which will undoubtedly make young people think twice before they act in the future. Well done Team Fairfield.”

To find out more about the film, visit Unique Voice’s website: https://uniquevoice.org/