Time for schoolyard bullies to take a day off
ALL schoolyard bullies have been told they should have a ‘‘ day off’’ today.
Speaking ahead of today’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, Thuringowa MP Craig Wallace said students had a right to a safe learning environment, and he encouraged people to use today to think about ways in which they could help stop bullying.
‘‘ Today is important because I have a young daughter at school, she has been bullied and I think most kids have been bullied at school,’’ he said.
‘‘ . . . I have seen the impact on my daughter not wanting to go to school and the effect on her learning.’’
Mr Wallace was yesterday on hand at the Upper Ross PCYC for the launch of the Judo for Kids program, being introduced in Queensland for the first time after being successfully implemented in other states. This is the first program in Queensland involving Judo.
Working on a six-week beginners’ program, and, starting at primary school age, students learn the basics of the martial art.
Judo instructor Michael Creedy said that even though judo was a contact sport, it was not aggressive as there was no punching or kicking.
‘‘ It teaches restraint,’’ he said.
‘‘ Judo builds up your confidence . . . and gives the students the ability to see the problems before they arise.’’
PCYC branch manager Sergeant Peter Fitzpatrick said the Upper Ross PCYC would provide the program first, with hopes that school involvement would follow. A sign-on for the six-week judo course will be held today at the Upper Ross PCYC from 5.30pm-6pm.
TOUGH LESSON . . . Thuringowa MP Craig Wallace gets some pointers from judo instructor Michael Creedy under the watch of Upper Ross PCYC branch manager Sgt Peter Fitzpatrick and other students