Kids tak­ing a stand

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

MORE than 840,000 stu­dents from more than 1800 schools across Aus­tralia stood united on Fri­day to mark Na­tional Day of Ac­tion against Bul­ly­ing and Vi­o­lence.

In­cluded in those schools were the five schools in the Can­non­vale and Proser­pine re­gion.

Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege

Stu­dent Amelia Yeo­mans said she had been bul­lied be­cause other stu­dents were jeal­ous of her hair.

“They bul­lied me to get at­ten­tion,” she said.

Another stu­dent, Jessie Toomey, said it was an im­por­tant is­sue and she was glad there was a na­tional day ded­i­cated to stamp­ing bul­ly­ing out.

Can­non­vale State School

Teacher Kassi Breen said the kids had been writ­ing in­sults and put-downs on a piece of heart-shaped pa­per then crunch­ing it up and at­tempt­ing to get the heart back to­gether again.

“And then we have got a story we are read­ing and an ac­tiv­ity on how to be kind and a friendly per­son and to stop the bul­ly­ing,” she said.

In ad­di­tion each class was mak­ing a pledge by dip­ping a fin­ger in paint and adding it to a tree painted on a can­vas.

St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege

Last Fri­day stu­dents had a care group les­son based around what they could do if they saw things hap­pen­ing at school.

The older stu­dents en­joyed these lessons as they got to as­sist the younger stu­dents with the ac­tiv­i­ties.

The aim of the care groups was to em­power the by­standers.

Proser­pine State School

Stu­dents have been work­ing on a project called One Mil­lion Stars to End Vi­o­lence.

Stars will will be­come part of the One Mil­lion Stars against vi­o­lence in­stal­la­tion for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Proser­pine State High School

This week stu­dents will be do­ing a pink shirt day and mak­ing a pa­per chain, which will be sym­bolic of the school hold­ing hands and unit­ing against bul­ly­ing. Stu­dents are also mak­ing anti-bul­ly­ing posters in their care groups.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

NO BUL­LY­ING: Si­enna Pan­nett, Daniel An­der­sen, Air­lie Weller and Tyson Gros­ney add thier fin­ger­prints to an anti-bul­ly­ing tree at the Can­non­vale State School.

Proser­pine State School stu­dents Mikela Pearce, Aca­dia Sim­monds, Makaela Ste­fani and Is­abella Al­lan cre­ate stars.

Amelia Yeo­mans, Naomi Thorne, Jessie Toomey, Taj Wil­son and Kai Grundy, from Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege.

Alex Gill, Au­drey Ar­riguetti, Joshua Jarvis and Ethan Ru­g­less, from St Cath’s.

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