Powerful picture of what it's like to be bullied

Albion Park High School principal Suzi Clapham, resolution officer Erin McKinnirey, students Nathan Linsley and Kayla Smylie and teachers Bec Keen and Nicole Woods. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Albion Park High School principal Suzi Clapham, resolution officer Erin McKinnirey, students Nathan Linsley and Kayla Smylie and teachers Bec Keen and Nicole Woods. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Being bullied is like being trapped in a room with no doors, with just a few windows placed high on the walls, filled with faces looking down on you.

Year 12 student Nathan Linsley shared this powerful description of how it feels to be bullied with students of Albion Park High School as part of an assembly to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

More than 2000 Australian schools took part in the day on Friday.

It wasn't easy for Nathan to share his story, but he said it was important to make people aware bullying, in all its forms, could be incredibly hurtful.

"I just wanted to get up and put the message out there that bullying is a serious concern and we can do something about it," he said.

"I wanted to make an impact and encourage people to speak up and put a stop to it."

Albion Park High used the action day to begin the roll-out of a new student-driven program to encourage the school community to stand together against bullying.

The school now has a resolution officer who will work with students to prevent bullying and will implement a peer mediation program to train students on how to help those being bullied.

Students will also put on interactive drama performances in April, acting out scenes of bullying and pausing to ask the audience for possible solutions.

Principal Suzi Clapham said she hoped the student-centred approach would foster understanding and respect between the teenagers.

"It's not a one-off assembly. It's a program that will hopefully change the culture of the entire school," she said.

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