Ditto keeps kids safe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CHAR­ITY or­gan­i­sa­tion Brave­hearts cel­e­brated the mile­stone of teach­ing 200,000 chil­dren about per­sonal safety at St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School in Moss­man on Tues­day.

Brave­hearts’ in­ter­ac­tive per­sonal safety pro­gram called Ditto’s Keep Safe Ad­ven­ture vis­its St Au­gus­tine’s each year to teach stu­dents aged from Prep to Year 3 about stay­ing safe.

The 40-minute pro­duc­tion teaches strate­gies and skills re­quired to stay safe in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions, from sex­ual as­sault to bul­ly­ing in the play­ground.

Prin­ci­pal Yvonne Devlin was de­lighted the or­gan­i­sa­tion chose to cel­e­brate the mile­stone of pro­tect­ing 200,000 chil­dren with Au­gus­tine’s stu­dents.

“It has a good mes­sage and re­in­forces what were about as a school with our value-based ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

“They have three mes­sages - we all have the right to feel safe around peo­ple, it’s okay to say no if you feel un­safe and noth­ing is so yucky you can’t tell some­one about it.

“The show is re­ally in­ter­ac­tive and re­ally fun.”

The cel­e­bra­tions were af­ter the show on Tues­day af­ter­noon and the chil­dren helped mas­cot Ditto cut the cake - and eat it.

As stu­dent Brock Gir­genti ex­plained, the Brave­hearts mes­sage is sim­ple.

“It’s never too yucky to tell some­one,” he said.


Spread­ing mes­sage: Tris­tan Sut­ton, Hazel Kitto, Luka Govorka, Tyra Thomas, Te­hillah Waqa­mate, Evie Cot­ton, Hol­lie Gir­genti, Brock Gir­genti and Heath Dun­can with Ditto

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