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National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

16/03/2018
School leaders Georgia, Ruby and Lachlan spread the message of that bullying is unacceptable.
​Today we stood united alongside other Australian schools to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
 
We believe the National Day is a positive day of action, bringing school communities together to help find workable solutions that address bullying and violence. It is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and in 2018, schools were called to imagine a world free from bullying.

Members of Sunshine’s Student Council shared their thoughts with the school community at a special Harmony Day and Day against Bullying assembly. Intensive Self-management Support teacher, Gerard O’Brien, also addressed the assembly reinforcing the key issues that everyone has the right to feel safe, that everyone must say no to bullying, and that we all work together to make the world a better place for everyone. Student Council representative Cooper said, ‘I think it would be great if everyone treated everyone else with respect. We want Sunshine Beach State School to be a place of non-violence and no bullying.’

‘Bullying has huge psychological impacts on children so it is vital that schools participate in an event that highlights this issue,’ commented teacher Vanessa Flint. ‘I think if we encourage conversations about the effects of bullying and that as a school society we will not tolerate it, maybe we can eliminate it entirely.’ School leaders, Lachlan and Georgia agreed. ‘Bullies are not cool and at Sunshine Beach State School we want everyone to be friendly, encouraging, kind and respectful.

Sunshine Beach State School Adopt-a-Cop Constable Tim Brown, will be following up over the coming weeks and next term with classroom visits and year level assemblies covering age appropriate topics. He will reinforce the message that student leaders Ruby and Laylah believe, ‘we can all make a difference by not accepting bullying behaviour. We want our school to be a bully free zone. Bullies need to own their behaviour and stop it! Bullying is unacceptable.’