Time for school­yard bul­lies to take a day off

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Suzanne Bayer

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.

Photo: SCOTT RAD­FORD-CHISHOLM

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

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