PUPILS are hoping panda power will help go a long way to eliminate bullying in schools in South Tyneside.
Teenagers at South Shields Community School have called on the help of a mascot to lead their anti-bullying campaign.
They hope the cuddly character will encourage primary school youngsters to sit up and take notice of the consequences of bullying.
The introduction of the panda mascot is part of the school’s anti-bullying campaign.
Prefects also monitor communal areas during breaks at the school, in Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, on the lookout for vulnerable pupils or anyone who may be needing support.
The school recently won a Friends Against Bullying award and was presented with it during a ceremony at Boldon School.
The accolade aims to recognise and reward young people for helping to raise awareness of bullying and the impact it has on others.
Assistant head of Year 8 and co-ordinator for anti-bullying at the school, Kim Symington, said: “It is great the school and pupils have been recognised for the work they are doing and have done to raise awareness of the impact bullying can have.
“We have had the panda out during our parents evening and also around the school.
“It’s about getting the message out every single day and it’s fantastic the pupils are taking ownership of the campaign.”
In the new year, they plan for the panda to visit primary schools all over South Tyneside.