Anti Bullying – Bibliotherapy – ‘The Angel Of Nitshill Road’ by Anne Fine

Children need a great variety of experience for basic psychological growth.

By reading books children can vicariously increase their range of experiences.

It is in this context that we use the term ‘bibliotherapy’.

Since children identify strongly with storybook characters,

teachers can positively influence children’s self image

by careful book selection.

(from Craig and Michele Borba’s

‘Self Esteem: A Classroom Affair’ (1978)

Winston Press). 


For example in Anne Fine’s book

‘The Angel of Nitshill Road’

a new girl teaches her new classmates

how to stand up to the class bully.

This book tells the story of three students

who are being targeted by another.

Appropriate and inappropriate strategies are considered.

Happily the problem is resolved.


Reading this book could help a child

consider the problem of bullying at a safe ‘remove’. 


Books can be very valuable in helping children

begin to understand problems and fears.

They can enable children to express themselves

and provide the reassurance of knowing that they are not alone,

as well as supplying suggestions for ways of resolving problems.


How Many Stars?
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Read our review of ‘The Angel of Nitshill Road’ HERE.

Anti Bullying: ‘Be A Good Friend Week’.

Anti Bullying Display


We have an Anti Bullying Week

three times each year.

This happens once each term,

in the last week of



and April.


We like to be positive about this,

so we call it ‘Be A Good Friend Week’.


Next week is ‘Be A Good Friend Week’

in our school.


The aim of this week is to: 

Remind everyone that bullying is unacceptable.

Give children a chance talk.

Remind children to tell teacher.


The children and teacher agreed

on an Anti-bullying Code.

This is displayed in the classroom.


Our Code of Behaviour states:

Any form of bullying behaviour is totally forbidden.

Never do or say anything to deliberately hurt another.

Keep unhelpful hands, feet, looks and comments to yourself.

Do not play jokes or tricks which could upset another.

Try to imagine how the other person feels.

Show respect and care for one another.

Ensure that everyone in your class is included and feels welcome.


If you are bullied,

follow the STAY SAFE rules:

say “STOP”,

“GET AWAY”, and

“TELL” an adult.

Kind Words Make The World Go Round

Julia’s poster.

Every month the whole school reviews a school rule: 

The first school rule is

‘Respect: Kind hands. Kind feet. Kind words’.


We made posters for a school wide competition:

Posters on the theme of ‘Kind Words Make The World Go Round’:

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This week was Anti Bullying Week, Term One

We have renamed it, more positively:

‘Be A Good Friend Week’.

Teacher will give out Good Buddy Awards certificates

from Seomra Ranga

Best Buddy Award from

Rebecca’s colourful poster.

Can you spot your masterpiece? on Photopeach. Adult supervision of children on the internet is always necessary.

Teacher found this useful website when she was preparing this theme:

A Website about Getting Along

AnswerGarden: Give some examples of ‘kind’ words.

We are doing a whole school poster competition.

We have to design a poster about good behaviour in school.

The theme is:


Kind Hands

Kind Feet

and Kind Words.


As part of Anti Bullying Week

a.k.a ‘Be Kind and Be a Good Friend Week’,

we were talking in school about kind words.


These are the ones we thought of.

John Paul did very well.

He thought of five phrases

and John Paul’s first language is Spanish.

Well done John Paul!


We used ‘Answer Garden’ to record the words we thought of.

Give some examples of ‘kind’ words…. at

A Better Name for Anti Bullying Week

 As a Whole School we wanted a more positive name for Anti Bullying Week.

We have an Anti Bullying Week each term.

We brainstormed in class and this is what we came up with. 

  • Make New Friends Week
  • Be Kind Week
  • Friendship Week
  • Be Careful Week
  • Speak Up Week
  • People are Precious Week
  • Helping Others Week
  • Be Nice Week
  • Be a Good Friend Week
  • Thoughtful Week
  • Caring Week
  • Be Happy Week
  • Care for others Week
  • Fun Week
The winner was:
Be Kind and Be A Good Friend Week