Kids taking a stand
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.
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.