CHILDREN proved the power of good can overcome evil after taking a superhuman approach to bullying on Wednesday.

Pupils at Hartside Primary School, in Crook, County Durham, adopted the superhero theme as part of Anti Bullying Week - a national campaign.

And the youngsters, along with their parents, mustered up all their powers to make their own superhero costumes after finding out this year’s theme was Power For Good.

About 250 children from nursery to Year 6 donned their capes, masks and even homemade armour as part of the challenge which was organised by the school’s Bully Busters - a team of students responsible for making sure no child is bullied.

They also got the chance to strut their stuff by taking part in a catwalk which was even attended by Pudsey the bear, to raise money for Children in Need.

Winners from each class were also awarded football tickets to see Sunderland play Leicester City at The Stadium of Light, on December 3.

Headteacher, Shawn Laws, was also transformed into a superhero for the morning and praised the children for their efforts.

“It’s something to behold,” he said. “The children have loved taking part, everyone has been involved and everyone understands the same message that we don’t stand for bullying.

“We as people, whether as a child or adult, have the power to do good and to stop bullying and make sure the world is a nicer place,” he added.

The children also made friendship bracelets for each other and had a discussion about the Power For Good.

Teacher and Buddy Buster coordinator, Laura Burgess, said the children had come up with the idea after enjoying the school’s Great Anti Bullying Bake Off last year when they were challenged to bring in home-baked goods.

“We thought we would do something again and when the Power For Good came up the children instantly thought of superheroes,” she said.

“We are amazed by how many people made their own costumes and we are now going to be starting our Random Act of Kindness Project in school too.”

Youngsters at Ingleton CofE Primary School, in Ingleton, Teesdale, also played their part by dressing up in blue - the campaign’s official colour.

Headteacher, Judith Pressley, said the school’s Buddies - a group of about 15 children who wear special hats and bright jackets at break times so their fellow pupils know they can talk to them if they need to - had organised a special assembly talking about their role.

The children also made friendship bracelets and sang a special song they made entitled Say No To Bullies.

“It’s been absolutely amazing,” Mrs Pressley said. “The assembly was great because they all did little plays with scenarios of problems and looked at different solutions for them.”