Meet­ing with Gov­er­nor for Geurie stu­dent

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By DARCEE NIXON


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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