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