31/01/2024

As promised, in our November newsletter, we would like to share with you some thoughts about the KiVa training sessions AMPA recently organised.

Remember that AMPA has a working group dedicated exclusively to wellness and bullying issues. You can contact us at this email:
convivencia@ampaescuelaeuropea.com

Reet Escribano, AMPA president:

It all began for me in 2018 when after one of the meetings I attended in Brussels as InterParents delegate, I asked Mr. Bordoy (former deputy director of our Secondary school, current Deputy Secretary General of the European Schools) about how KiVa is implemented in other European Schools. 3 years later, 2021/2022 school year, the first classes in our Primary school started with KiVa lessons and now, 5 years later, Alicante School is officially a KiVa school. This is also a clear example that it takes time, patience and collaboration to make things happen.

As pupils’ well-being is one of the priorities of the AMPA MC, I find it utmost important that the whole school goes in the same direction and I am very happy that the AMPA MC agreed to finance KiVa training for service providers’ monitors too. The first two sessions took place in April 2023 and the third session in November 2023, where a total of70 monitors from AUCA, AUSOLAN, MiSol, El Faro and MundoSport participated. From there we wanted to go one step further and organised a session for parents. To my pleasant surprise, almost 100 parents signed up and about 70 finally participated. Certainly the fact that AMPA offered childcare during the session, made the participation easier for many of you. Having read your feedback, it is gratifying to know that the majority of parents found the session useful. There were also some comments directed to the school which we will draw to their attention. We will also share a part of the PPT with you.

Feedback from monitors: Many of the monitors who participated in the training, mentioned that it was interesting to realise the difference between a conflict and bullying and to put oneself in both roles (victim and bully) during the training. “The session was participative and the content was very relevant and useful. We were also able to experience some of the activities that are part of the program. I would have loved to have more hours or days of training.”

 

Feedback from the certified KiVa trainer in Spain, Raquel Pastor Vazquez (a degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid, currently works in the Strategy and Business Development Department of Macmillan Education and is the coordinator of the KiVa Program for the prevention of bullying and improvement of coexistence. She is also a certified trainer of the KiVa program by the University of Turku (Finland), completing her training in this area with the title of Expert Judicial Expert in School Bullying and Cyberbullying (UNED) and with the university degree of specialization and coordinator of welfare and protection in educational contexts by the UEMC (European University Miguel de Cervantes):

“First of all, I would like to thank Reet and the entire AMPA MC team for their dedication and organization of the sessions for both families and non-teaching staff (monitors of the service providers).

Having the opportunity for families to channel their need for knowledge, their doubts and fears in a session like the one we were able to have, helps to create that ‘community’ and family-school cooperation so necessary to address a problem as severe as bullying. I would also like to thank the director of the school and the schools’ KiVa coordinators for attending the session. I believe that his testimony together with yours reinforces, in front of the families, that sense of unity and coherent messages for the improvement of coexistence in the school. Including non-teaching staff in these training closes the circle to be all prepared and aligned in the messages.

Congratulations to you and to all of you who have collaborated to move forward with this. I think it is a good example of a school in which the KiVa program is being properly implemented from all areas.”

Parents feedback

  • Thank you for organising this very useful event!
  • ¿Nos podríais enviar la presentación para compartirla? Gracias
  • Se ha hecho corta la sesión.
  • Aunque era un nivel bastante básico ha sido interesante como presentación para los que no sabían nada. Personalmente me gustaría saber más sobre cómo está implementado en la escuela, los procedimientos concretos
  • Sería interesante que por escrito nos den ideas para mejorar la situación como organizar lecciones de civismo…
  • Creo que sería interesante hacerlo más veces e intentar aportar cosas nuevas. Es decir si la sesión va a ser la misma porque hay padres que no han podido asistir estaría bien, pero también otras pensando en contenido nuevo para aquellos que ya han asistido. También podría hacerse una reunión en la que se dedicara todo el tiempo a responder preguntas de padres.
  • It was great. I will tell other parents to come along next time. Very informative and wonderful to ask questions and get feedback. Thank you get much
  • Sería bueno tener 4 trainings de estos al año. Los padres necesitamos saber los recursos que tenemos a nuestro alcance. E igualmente, ampliar estos trainings a las asistentes de niños autistas y con necesidades especiales en la escuela. 
  • Muy buena iniciativa. Es una pena que no hayan venido más familias.

Opinions and proposals for the organization of the session:

  • La primera parte del intro es demasiado larga. La segunda de info sobre contenido demasiado corto. Faltaba hablar de las herramientas.
  • El contenido de la sesión no estaba adaptado para cubrir las necesidades que mostraron los asistentes. La sensación de muchos cuando salimos de la citada sesión fue de haber perdido nuestro tiempo. Estaría bien conocer las necesidades específicas en materia de acoso y bullying tanto en tema de prevención como de atajar un acoso ya existente. Pediría más profundidad en los contenidos y no es cuestión de tiempo es cuestión de estructurar los problemas.
  • Creo que sería necesario una sesión donde se dieran más consejos a los padres para capacitarse frente a la situación.
  • Missing practical info. A protocol that worked. It is pure theory. So what do we do next? How do we make the observers involved? Are they scared too?
  • Yes, more sessions would be needed with practical examples of how to handle bullying situations.

Proposals to the school:

  • Based on the info given I would like that school revised its policies on mobile use in secondary schools. If it's for convivence and interaction mobiles won’t help and increase the chances of in school cyberbullying as well as children seeing inappropriate contain in school and showing others
  • Creo que el día de las 1ºs reuniones con los padres sería un primer contacto sobre este tema para los próximos cursos
  • Suggestions: 1) Sending statistics on KIVA actions at least twice a year, so that parents know what are the main forms of bullying at school each time and in order to encourage their children to be more attentive. 2) KIVA ambassadors also in secondary - the training should start in secondary as soon as possible. 3) KIVA information meeting at the beginning of the school year, so that all parents & teachers are present, e.g. directly after the meetings with class and L2 teachers.

01/12/2023

On the afternoon of Tuesday 21st November, AMPA MC organised KiVa training for parents in order to complement KiVa parent evenings organised by the school. The trainer was Raquel Pastor from Macmillan Education,  a certified KiVa trainer in Spain. Almost 100 parents enrolled in the course and approximately 75 finally participated. 

After a welcome cocktail offered by AMPA in collaboration with Ausolan, the training was opened and parents were welcomed by AMPA president, Reet Escribano and the school director, Giancarlo Marcheggiano. Also, Tiago Pita from the school management, and the KiVa coordinators Maribel Tejedor and Fiona O’Leary joined the group.

The session was interactive, parents actively participated in the group dynamics exercises and discussions.

The parents addressed specific questions, especially regarding the personalisation of the anti bullying approach for the students with special needs (like autism), how to act against bullying (between friends) that occurs outside the school, or how to act when one is the parent of the bully.

On Wednesday 22nd November, AMPA MC organised KiVa training for those service provider monitors (AUCA, MiSol, Ausolan, Mundosport. El Faro monitors did it in April) who are new in their post or could not attend the training in April. 

We would like to thank all the participants and encourage more parents and monitors to attend the future events organised by AMPA and the school for the wellbeing of our children. Acting together is the key to making our school a place where no one feels alone. 

To be continued… In the next newsletter we will share some advice to families about how to act if you suspect your child could be involved in bullying. 

We will also share some testimonials from both training organisers and attendees.

Registration

To improve well-being at the European School, AMPA offers, on Tuesday November 21st at 6 pm, a 1.5-hour training session on the KiVa bullying prevention program for all school families. The course is lead by Raquel Pastor from Macmillan education.

In this course we will show families what the dynamics of the phenomenon of bullying are, what the KiVa program is, how the effectiveness of the program is measured, what tips are useful for working from home, etc. The main objective is to unify communication channels and integrate family-school messages to actively promote a good climate of coexistence.

The course will be given at the European School. The course will be in Spanish, but we will do everything possible so that families who do not understand the language can also understand the concepts.

Date

Tuesday November 21st

Place

European School of Alicante

Program

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Cocktail
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. KiVa training

Services

Nursery with AUCA upon registration (only boys and girls over 3 years old).

Please fill out the form before November 15 to participate. We need to reach 50 attendees to be able to run the course.