Say­ing no to bul­ly­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

PRIZE WIN­NERS: The MARK Foun­da­tion held a colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion for the Na­tional Day of Ac­tion against Bul­ly­ing on March 20. Gayn­dah State School win­ners, from left: Thomas Formica, Carly Thomp­son, Libby Robert­son, Char­lie Scan­lan, Jas­mine and Char­lie Wa­ger, Sa­man­tha Zill­man, Stu­art Messer. GAYN­DAH decked it­self in or­ange for the Na­tional Day of Ac­tion Against Bul­ly­ing.

The MARK Foun­da­tion, es­tab­lished by the Millington fam­ily to sup­port youth men­tal health and ed­u­cate against bul­ly­ing, pre­sented each North Bur­nett pri­mary school with a copy of Lau­ren Holmes’ pic­ture book, Silly Sausage, and hosted a colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion for preps and Years 1-6.

Mrs Millington said busi­nesses and schools stood to­gether in the town.

“The day pro­vides a fo­cus for all schools to say no to bul­ly­ing, and to strengthen the mes­sage that bul­ly­ing and vi­o­lence is not OK,” she said.

At St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, deputy prin­ci­pal Michelle McClaf­ferty said stu­dents re­ceived a pre­sen­ta­tion by Miss Melville and the Year 2/3 class on how to be a buddy, not a bully or si­lent by­stander.

“Through prayers, song and filmed ac­tion, the class gave the whole school com­mu­nity the clear mes­sage that it is never OK to bully an­other per­son,” Mrs McClaf­ferty said.

“There is some­thing that ev­ery­one can do to make sure it doesn’t hap­pen.

“We were also vis­ited by mem­bers of the Millington fam­ily as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the MARK Foun­da­tion to present prizes to the colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion win­ners and re­mind us all of the mes­sages we heard.”

Gayn­dah State School stu­dents proudly wore or­ange and brought a gold coin do­na­tion for the MARK Foun­da­tion.

Teacher Leah Trott said eight stu­dents were ex­cited to gain prizes in the colour­ing-in

com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BUL­LY­ING – NO WAY: Gayn­dah’s prep class goes or­ange for the Na­tional Day of Ac­tion Against Bul­ly­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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