Will’s Syd­ney ad­ven­ture, tack­ling bul­ly­ing

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE

IF you had told St Bernard’s Pri­mary School stu­dent Will McCarthy (pic­tured) that a class­room poster com­pe­ti­tion would take him to Syd­ney, he prob­a­bly wouldn’t have be­lieved you.

But that is what hap­pened - with the 11 year old’s an­tibul­ly­ing poster de­sign one of 33 fi­nal­ists picked out of 45,000 reg­is­tered chil­dren that en­tered In­ter­re­late’s ‘Say No To Bul­ly­ing’ poster com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was just an art class poster that we all en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion...I was so ex­cited and happy when I found out I was a fi­nal­ist,” Will told the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s theme was ‘Bul­lieve in your­self’ and fo- cused on self-be­lief, with ties to the hit 20th Cen­tury Fox movie Fer­di­nand.

The com­pe­ti­tion aimed to raise aware­ness of the is­sue of bul­ly­ing and to as­sist schools to iden­tify and ad­dress bul­ly­ing be­hav­iours in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Will and his par­ents trav­elled to Syd­ney last Thurs­day, for the cer­e­mony on Fri­day that recog­nised the fi­nal­ists, and an­nounced a New South Wales stu­dent as the over­all win­ner.

For Will, the ex­pe­ri­ence of Syd­ney and the en­tire day, in­clud­ing a tour of Gov­ern­ment House, led by the Gov­er­nor of New South Wales, David Hur­ley, was fan­tas­tic.

Will’s mother Perri, said she was very proud of her son’s ef­forts.

“I think it’s made him more aware,” she said.

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