Te Poi School gets cre­ative to com­bat bul­ly­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

Te Poi School came up with some cre­ative and award win­ning ways for New Zealand to be­come bully free.

The Waikato school, near Mata­mata, worked to­gether on pos­i­tive and proac­tive strate­gies to re­solve con­flicts and look af­ter each other.

One class also cre­ated a se­ries of ‘how to’ videos which they posted on YouTube and shared with the wider school com­mu­nity.

It cov­ered How to solve prob­lems, How to be Good friends, How to sort out dis­agree­ments, How to get on with oth­ers and How to make good choices.

Room 9 won $500 for win­ning the Year 1 to 8 sec­tion of the NZ Bully Free Awards.

‘‘As a school we are work­ing hard on stamp­ing out neg­a­tive be­hav­iours that lead to bul­ly­ing,’’ prin­ci­pal Linda Larsen said.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to em­power our stu­dents with the skills and strate­gies to deal with oth­ers and par­tic­u­larly bul­lies.’’ She was grate­ful to those stu­dents and par­ents who spoke out about bul­ly­ing and neg­a­tive be­hav­iours.

‘‘Armed with this in­for­ma­tion we can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

Schools around New Zealand cel­e­brated Bul­ly­ing-free NZ Week.

Check out the five videos at http://www.bul­ly­ingfree.nz/ bul­ly­ing-free-new-zealandweek/bul­ly­ing-free-nz-weekawards/bul­ly­ing-free-nza­wards-te-poi-school/

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Te Poi School’s Room 9 stu­dents, in­clud­ing Liam Hau­papa, Ly’Rix Hakopa and Paraire Good­man Hui, won their school $500.

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