Learn how to beat the bul­lies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A NEW show com­bat­ing bul­ly­ing in the class­room is avail­able to all WA pri­mary schools.

The Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion’s (CCCSF) per­for­mance Fren­e­mies was launched last week.

It is in­tended to help stu­dents in years 4 to 6 de­velop so­cial skills needed to build con­fi­dence in so­cial sit­u­a­tions, make friends and de­velop re­silience.

CCCSF chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said about one in four Aus­tralian stu­dents be­tween years 4 and 9 ex­pe­ri­enced reg­u­lar bul­ly­ing. d465288

“This can have long term ef­fects on their men­tal health, even into adult­hood,” he said.

“Even among stu­dents who are not bul­lied, many oth­ers will wit­ness bul­ly­ing but per­haps not feel com­fort­able speak­ing up.

“This in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance gets kids thinking about the no­tion of em­pa­thy and about how their be­hav­iour can af­fect other peo­ple.”

Fren­e­mies is a free per­for­mance. It will be per­formed at St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School, River­vale, on Fe­bru­ary 27

Book on 9272 0007.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Zari-Ali­cia Osyka and Isaac-Peter Townsend in Fre­ne­nies.

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