When the college staged its annual Anti-Bullying Day it encouraged students to dress in red to make a united stand against the dangers of bullying.
Anne-Maree Shipman, assistant principal of community and wellbeing, says it is important to stand together as a community to get this message across to students.
“Any sort of physical, emotional, social or verbal bullying has no place in our school,” Mrs Shipman says.
Action Education group Backflips Against Bullying presented its energetic live show to all the students, emphasising the important message “bullying is not the answer”.
As part of their participation, all students wrote an anti-bullying message on a link to a chain, which created a visual symbol on the day. Messages such as “stay calm”, “you are important” and “bullying – no way” were written and then joined together to create a reminder that everyone in the school is an important link in the community.
The school’s Student Representative Council organised the Anti-Bullying day, which involved a variety of activities to encourage unity and respect. Year 8 students used science to create a sherbet fountain, Year 7 students held a red dress-up photo booth, and other year groups ran food stalls and guessing competitions to encourage a positive atmosphere and create an awareness that bullying is not OK.
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