Anti-Bullying: Bully Bull Ring
Based on the original script & lyrics by Tony Appleby as provided in December 2014
Available Terms 1 & 2
Key Themes: Bullying, Cyber bullying, Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving, Self-Image.
Curriculum Areas: Personal & Social Capability; Ethical Capability; Heath & Physical Education; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts.
Suitable for: Prep to Grade 6
Teacher resource pack included
Session length: 1 hour including Q&A
Bellamy the Bison lives in her enclosure at the zoo with her bullying brother Brutus and her bystander brothers. One day she decides she can’t take it anymore and heads out to explore the other enclosures in the zoo, hoping to find new ways to cope with what’s happening to her.
Along the way, she meets some brand-new friends who each have their own strategy for dealing with being bullied and making bad decisions in response to it. Each of the characters Bellamy meets provides a strategy to apply such us “Don’t Make Snap Decisions” and avoid responding emotionally, “rising above” the comments and trying to ignore them, find friends to hang out with instead, try to focus on the positive things about yourself. She also learns that standing up to bullying means being resilient and persistent.
Bellamy reflects on each of the strategies with the students, ensuring the idea is embedded with students before moving on to the next strategy.
Eventually Bellamy returns to her enclosure equipped with her newfound strategies. As she tries to implement them in the face of more bullying, her brothers choose to protect her from Brutus and become supportive bystanders.
“Good lessons that apply to (students) everyday activities” – Beaumaris Primary School, VIC
“A great way to connect Program Achieve to bullying” – Larmenier Catholic Primary School, TAS
“A strong message which was clearly understood” – Birchip School, VIC
“Another high quality production. The standard of performance was excellent.” – St Mary’s Catholic School, Bairnsdale, VIC
About the show:
Bully Bull Ring is written for students in Prep to Grade 6 and is designed to impart onto the students the same wisdom the animals give to Bellamy. Through a mixture of song, dance and puppetry, each of the animals teaches Bellamy how to use her emotional intelligence and to stand up for herself. Key topics we focus on include building respect, resilience, confidence and more, whilst always remaining upbeat and friendly.
Along the way we meet a rock-star lion who fancies himself as a stand up comedian! He encourages Bellamy to try to get along with people; an army General crocodile who advises Bellamy not to make snap decisions; a giraffe who teaches Bellamy to Rise Above It when faced with nasty comments; a Polar Bear who encourages Bellamy to find a “buddy” who will look after her and help her out when things don’t go to plan; an elephant who shows Bellamy how to find her confidence and an Orangutan who shows us that having one single strategy won’t work, you need to apply different strategies to different situations and links them to the five keys of Program Achieve.
Our performers take on multiple roles throughout the show and with a mixture of performance styles the action is dynamic and fast paced. We also have multiple opportunities for audience participation, keeping students engaged from the moment they enter the space. The action is designed to move around the whole space. This makes students refocus so they never have an opportunity to zone out.
“I liked the use of the entire space – not just the stage. The students were so engaged.” – Our Lady Queen of the Peace, Greystanes NSW
The show is designed to work within a multitude of already active bullying programs, including “Bully No Way!” Day, the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and the Better Buddies program. We also provide a comprehensive teachers resource pack, with activities for before and after the show, to keep discussion of our themes fresh in the minds of students.
We include a structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum. We discuss the themes raised in the show and support Inquiry Learning by discussing how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.
“Was great how it was run by you and not just the kids asking random questions. (10/10)” – Bargara State School, Bargara QLD
$6.95 (exc. GST) per student.
Please note there is a minimum of $799.25 (exc. GST) for up to 115 students