Manford Park pupils wear their hearts on their t-shirts to beat bullying

Pupils at Manford Primary School in Chigwell have been designing anti-bullying t-shirts

Pupils at Manford Primary School in Chigwell have been designing anti-bullying t-shirts - Credit: Archant

Pupils at a Hainault school have been turning their hands to fashion design.

After learning about bullying – and what to do when it happens – as part of a national campaign, youngsters at Manford Park Primary School were asked to show what they had learnt by designing a t-shirt.

Every pupil at the Manford Way school was invited to submit a design, either on paper or on a t-shirt, showing how bullying wouldn’t be tolerated, for a school competition.

The winners were announced after the Recorder was invited along last Thursday to help judge the colourful entries.

Reception teacher and anti-bullying co-ordinator Meena Arora said she was overwhelmed by the children’s creativity.

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She said: “I’m so proud of all the wonderful entries we received and we found it almost impossible to choose who should win.

“It was the first year that we ran it and it was a great success.

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“We asked the children to design a t-shirt which would raise awareness about bullying.

“The kindness of the pupils shone through in their designs.”

The national “Make a Noise About Bullying!” week ran from November 16-20 and covered a wide range of social issues.

Deputy headteacher Lynn Carleton said the week helped promote the school’s ethos of creating a positive space for all students.

She said: “The children learnt a lot and the message that bullying is never acceptable was understood.”

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