y Anti-Bullying Workshops for Schools

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In response to inquiries from schools all over Ireland, Sticks and Stones began to develop a more compact programme in 2000/2001. Again the glaring need for an official and adequate response to this ever-worsening problem has been highlighted by the huge demand from schools and youth centres everywhere.
Paula Greevy-Lee, founder and artistic director of the original programme, now offers Drama Workshops to students as a means of exploring and raising awareness of the bullying problem. Drama is again proving to be a key element in getting young people to participate, articulate and contemplate their feelings and attitudes about bullying.

Sticks and Stones Theatre Company's Anti Bullying Drama Workshops

The workshop aims to heighten awareness of bullying in all its guises, reveal the misery it inflicts and help break the silence, which ensures its continuance. This is achieved through a facilitator conducting in-depth discussion sessions, communication exercises and role-play. An Information Handbook will be provided as added support for the staff member involved. Each facilitator has extensive experience facilitating groups in developing positive interventions and awareness raising strategies.

The duration of each workshop is 1 hour and 40 minutes and is currently targeted at 4th, 5th and 6th class at primary level and 1st and 2nd year students at secondary school level. Only one class is allowed per workshop. In order to maximise the impact of the workshop, and to enable the school to follow-up on issues arising, it is strongly recommended that the class tutor be present for the duration. A member of staff must always be present.

The cost of each workshop is 185 and is payable in full by cheque on day of completion. This price relates to the greater Dublin area only. Facilitators travelling further afield, and overnight stays, will incur additional costs. We request that at least 24 hours notice be given for cancellations, otherwise a cancellation fee of 25% will be incurred.

Requirement from the school:

A good-sized space, i.e. library or large classroom, and a circle of chairs in the centre. All other furniture stacked aside.

The Future

Plans are underway to develop a training module for teachers and Youth Leaders, whereby they can learn in a workshop situation how to use drama with groups to develop practical and precise interventions.

Having secured the backing and support from the Chief Executive of the Irish Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Children (I.S.P.C.C.), the company is actively seeking a primary sponsor to finance two Video Packs (Primary & Secondary) adapted from the original dramas. The pack would also include revised Information Handbooks and Worksheets.

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