Kirkland’s lead role in anti-bullying

Kirkland launches Fife's newly revised anti-bullying campaign (Nov 2011)
Kirkland launches Fife's newly revised anti-bullying campaign (Nov 2011)

KIRKLAND High School in Methil was chosen for the launch last week of a newly-revised Fife education service strategy on the scourge of bullying.

Councillors, officials, staff, parents and guests were left in no doubt how Kirkland pupils felt about the issue.

The day featured a series of performances, with a respect and anti-bullying theme, all written and performed by the pupils themselves.

Education chair Councillor Douglas Chapman said: “Kirkland was the ideal setting as it was one of the first secondary schools in Scotland to gain Rights Respecting School status. At Kirkland, all the pupils are well aware bullying will not be tolerated and the school is seen as a shining example of how a tough line, combined with restorative practices, can get that message across.”

Headteacher Ronnie Ross, congratulating all involved, said: “No teacher could say categorically that bullying doesn’t exist in their school but, at Kirkland, it is something we don’t accept.

“We have tried to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and to show our children how we expect them to behave towards others, and to guide them into making the correct choices in sometimes stressful situations.

“We try to teach them that respect is something to be earned and they must respect themselves and others. Our restorative practices can help all sides of a dispute see things from the other point of view and can be much more effective in changing behaviours in the long term.”