Catholic schools say 'no' to bullying

Last Friday, Jodi Govender, a Year 6 student from St Joseph’s Charlestown, travelled to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum to be presented with an award from the Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley, after winning a state-wide anti-bullying campaign competition.

The competition invited primary students in NSW to design a poster depicting their interpretation of ‘Say No to Bullying’, to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Bullying, which also took place on Friday. This day provides an opportunity for schools to strengthen their messages around respectful and positive relationships within their school and work in partnership with their community to take a stance against bullying.

More than 6000 entries were submitted from 170 primary schools across NSW.  Jodi’s winning design will now be used on all of Interrelate’s promotional material for 2015 to coincide with a new cyber-bullying component of its Bullying Awareness Program launched for primary schools.

Four other students from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle also received Highly Commended Awards for their posters and we congratulate them also:

Tess Clarke, Yr 5 Rosary Park Branxton

Isabelle Lane, Yr 5 St Joseph’s East Maitland

Patrick McLaren, Yr 4 St Joseph’s Merriwa

Sophie Howarth, Yr 2 St Joseph’s Bulahdelah

For more information regarding building positive relationships and reducing bullying, please visit the following websites:

Pictured below are Jodi Govender with David Hurley and Sophie Howarth with her sisters Ella, Laura and Madeline.

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Emma Blackford

Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.