Friday, 6 June 2008

Leeds Rhinos stars will be at a Ralph Thoresby High School on Monday to take part in the ‘positive playtimes’ initiative which we hope will bring an end to bullying and boredom in school...

Rhinos’ southern hemisphere stars, prop Kylie Leuluai and winger Scott Donald, will join young people at th school as they cook, skip and run through their afternoon break. The ‘positive playtimes’ pilot, developed by Education Leeds and the Leeds Rugby Foundation with the school’s young people, offers a choice of activities every break and lunchtime. The young people can choose from a range of physical activities, the incredibly popular cooking course and a host of other clubs covering everything from dance to design and science to solving Japanese puzzles. The school is piloting the range of anti bullying schemes as part of ‘The Power of Me’, the first city-wide anti-bullying initiative launched last year by Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott, himself an unlikely victim of bullying at school. The Power of Me was launched with a strong campaign, designed with young people in Leeds, urging everyone in the city to use their power to stop bullying wherever and whenever they see it happening.

We hope that every school in Leeds will adopt the scheme to help us tackle bullying and make our schools happier and healthier places.

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