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Braintree: Students tackle bullying with rap music
Watch out Dizzee Rascal and Jay Z, there are new rap stars in town.
Year six pupils from John Bunyan School in Braintree worked with Essex Police to write a rap song aimed at tackling bullying.
The project coincides with anti-bullying week and after writing the song the pupils performed it to the rest of their school.
Headteacher, Amanda Woolmer, said: "This was a superb performance that helped and supported the pupils in deciding how to respond positively to the type of situations that they may encounter in real life.
"My staff also enjoyed it, considering it highly relevant and pitched appropriately for the age of the pupils.
"Our children clearly engaged with the issue of school bullying.”
Bocking Neighbourhood Policing Team’s PCSO Claire Aherne said: "The children responded really well to the enthusiasm of the issue and all that energy is channelled into these lyrics.
“The performance helps young people to understand the dynamics of relationships and encourages them to make positive choices and understand how other people respond to their behaviour.”
One of the students who helped to mastermind the lyrics said: "Our class decided to create a rap about bullying to help us remember some of the interesting things we learned.
“This rap became a classroom theme song and was something we recited everyday.
“It really helped us to remember our promise, not to bully other people and to try to be nice to everyone.”
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