Students around the region, including from Moore Park Beach State School, are taking a stand against bullying this week as part of a national day of action.
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence.
The theme, Take Action Together, aims to elevate student voice, empowering young people to join the conversation about bullying.
Moore Park Beach State School teacher Dean Morcom said the annual event helped to open up a line of communication with students and prompted further discussions about the impacts of bullying.
“At Moore Park Beach State School we take students’ behaviour and safety very seriously,” he said.
“This week we are highlighting the significance of The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which is always an important day in our school calendar.
“Our school joins with other schools across Australia to say ‘Bullying. No Way!’”
Moore Park Beach students get creative with bullying sign
Mr Morcom said as part of the event, every class had decorated the letters of a “bullying no way” sign with painted hand prints and words associated with being kind.
“We also held a whole school parade where the students,dressed in a touch of orange, defined bullying and emphasised the need to stop bullying within our school community,” he said.
“In their classes, the students have also been discussing strategies and ways to overcome bullying if it happens to them.
“This event is important because as a school we always aim to build the students’ awareness of bullying which is one of today’s most important issues.”
Alloway State School takes a stand against bullying
Alloway State School students have also participated in the national event and will today take part in a range team building activities designed to promote discussion around the topic of bullying.
“Today, Alloway State School students take a stand against Bullying and Violence,” Principal Julie Hanak said.
“Students believe that bullying and violence is ‘not cool!’ and that spreading kindness is the only way to go.
“Students and staff have spent time this week creating kindness displays and writing messages to spread love and kindness through the community.”
To find out more about the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence click here.