Queensland school students are uniting in record numbers for the fourth annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
More Queensland schools have signed up for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence than any other state, with 305 Queensland schools on the registration list so far.
Taking place on 21 March, the National Day of Action is an initiative of all education authorities, as well as an opportunity for schools across Australia to showcase the important work they’re doing to create safe and supportive schools that are free from bullying and violence.
The National Day of Action is an initiative of all education authorities as well as an opportunity for schools across Australia to showcase the important work they’re doing to create safe and supportive schools that are free from bullying and violence.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek says he is proud that Queensland school communities are leading the charge against intimidating and damaging behaviour.
“More than 175,000 students from 305 Queensland schools have so far registered to participate. That’s 55 per cent higher than registrations this time last year across all Queensland schools.
“It is heartening to see state, independent and catholic schools unite to send a strong message that bullying and violence is not okay,” he says.
Last year Queensland led the nation with around 500 schools and almost a quarter of a million school children participated in activities on the day.
Scarborough State School Principal Mr Stephen McGoldrick says this year will mark the school’s third year of participation in the National Day of Action.
McGoldrick says the school takes bullying very seriously and works to minimise it.
“We have a zero tolerance and this is a good way of promoting the ‘Bullying. No Way!’ message.
“Every child has a right to a safe and supportive environment and that’s what we emphasise across the school,” he says.
One of Scarborough State School’s strategies is the hi-5 process, which provides options for children who may encounter problems on the playground.
“Among providing strategies for children we are careful to determine whether the instance is bullying or a one off situation and we work to resolve the issue in a positive way for both sides,” McGoldrick says.
On the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence the school will promote their strategies in a public way, have a morning tea against bullying and allow students the opportunity to create a video story against bullying.
“Bullying is not an acceptable answer to anything and we take a strong stance against it at Scarborough,” he says.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek says the Newman Government is encouraging every school to jump on board and say no to bullying.
“Registrations continue for another five weeks, so I strongly urge all Queensland schools that haven’t already registered for this year’s event to do so now through www.bullyingnoway.gov.au,” he says.
Will your child’s school be involved in this year’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence?