Bullying issues featured in pupils’ artwork

School pupils with some of their anti-bullying artwork at the Ripon and Rural Learning Partnership exhibition in Ripon Cathedral.  ( 111202M3)
School pupils with some of their anti-bullying artwork at the Ripon and Rural Learning Partnership exhibition in Ripon Cathedral. ( 111202M3)

ARTWORK by school pupils from across the Ripon area on the subject of bullying has been featured in an exhibition at Ripon Cathedral.

The project, which tied in with Anti-Bullying Week, was co-ordinated by the Ripon and Rural Learning Partnership and featured work by 20 schools focussed on this year’s campaign slogan – ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’.

Each school had been given one of the words from the slogan and had to produce an A4 sheet for each letter of its word.

Pupils chose how the individual sheets were decorated and the many designs included drawings, poems and other forms of writing.

“I thought the exhibition was very inspirational and some of the things you saw were heartbreaking – some of the words were very poignant,” said Sarah Addison, manager of the learning partnership which was formed in September to forge closer links between the schools.

“I know working on the project created some good discussions within the classroom.

“We have a huge range of schools in the partnership but everybody cared about it.”

The final day of the exhibition was on Friday, December 2, when rural schools plus Ripon Grammar School and Outwood Academy Ripon along with 350 parents gathered at the cathedral for a Christmas concert which featured music and poems.