Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, was recently invited to visit St Gregory’s High School to speak to the school’s year 7 pupils, and to pupils from local primary schools, as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week was ‘All Different, All Equal’.
“It was great to speak to the pupils and to hear about the work they have being doing as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
“During my visit I discussed with the pupils the things that make us all different; we spoke about differences you might see in people’s personalities, in their skin colours, in the languages they speak, in their size, in their religions, in their interests and in so many other things and how despite this, we are all equal. Most importantly we stressed the importance of treating each other with respect and with kindness.
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to highlight to the students the importance of recognising that it is these differences that make us all unique, and that they should be celebrated. After all, how boring would it be if we were all the same?
“I talked about the impact of social media on our daily lives and about the campaign recently launched by Prince William to promote an anti-bullying code of conduct online which encourages young people to ‘stop speak and support’ when they see bullying online.
“It is so important for our children and young people to understand that we are all different and that none of those differences makes any one of us any better or any worse than anyone else. They simply make use the person we are – valuable, distinct and unique.
“I really enjoyed the visit to St Gregory’s High School, it made me very proud to see that there are such talented and kind pupils in Warrington South. I hope that the messages pupils took away with them over the course of the week will continue to resonate with them throughout their time at school and beyond.”