Meeting with Governor for Geurie student
Kailee Harvey with her award and her original poster, standing outside Geurie Public School. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS. WHY be mean when you can be kind. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
These are just a few of the many anti-bullying phrases that Kailee Harvey of Geurie Public School wrote on her Interrelate 2018 ‘Say No To Bullying’ poster competition entry.
There were 48,000 students from all over Australia who took part in the competition. Kailee was one of the 33 finalists and a regional finalist. But, most notably, she was one of six students recognised in a private award presentation held on Friday, May 11, at Government House in Sydney. The Governor of NSW His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) was there to offer his congratulations.
Dubbo Photo News caught up with Kailee and her twin sister Hannah at Geurie Public School on Friday, May 25, to talk about the design of her poster and how it felt to meet the NSW Governor.
“We were doing stuff with Harmony Day and my teacher found the competition, the whole class did it,” Kailee told
“The theme of the competition was ‘Bullieve in Yourself’, which is ‘bull’ and ‘believe’ put together,” Kailee explained.
The theme references the kids’ movie “Ferdinand” which tells the tale of how love and friendship can overcome darkness in the world.
“I hadn’t seen the movie, but I got it in the prize pack and I watched it straight away,” Kailee said.
“I wanted to do the hand
Kailee with NSW Governor David Hurley at Parliament House in Sydney earlier this month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.
and all different sentences for bullying,” Kailee said of her design.
“I thought of ‘think before you speak’ with ‘think’ (written) in the brain and ‘speak’ coming out of the mouth. And I wrote ‘Bullive in yourself’,” she added.
Kailee attended the special award ceremony with her brother Dwight, twin sister Hannah and other family members. She said she was very excited that the Governor shook her hand.
“He was pretty cool,” she said. “He said ‘congratulations’.
“The Governor was very welcoming, and he was very kind,” Hannah added.
When asked why she thinks bullying is such a big issue for Aussie kids, she replied: “I think it needs to be noticed in Australia because it happens very often.”
A very big congratulations to Kailee!
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