New play tack­les class­room bul­ly­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

LORETO Ned­lands Pri­mary School was the cho­sen lo­ca­tion for the de­but of Con­sta­ble Care’s new show about com­bat­ing bul­ly­ing in the class­room.

The Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion’s (CCCSF) per­for­mance Fren­e­mies helps stu­dents in years 4 to 6 de­velop so­cial skills needed to build con­fi­dence in so­cial sit­u­a­tions, make friends and de­velop re­silience.

Its first per­for­mance was at the Ned­lands school last month.

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

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

“Even among stu­dents who are not bul­lied, may 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 avail­able to all WA schools. To book a per­for­mance, call 9272 0007.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d465288

Con­sta­ble Care pre­sen­ters Zari-ali­cia Osyka and Isaac-peter Townsend with stu­dents Khawahishdeep Kaur, El­iz­a­beth Dinku, Zali New­man and Shenae Muck­le­ston.

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