Albion Park students again take a stand against bullying and violence

Albion Park Public School students Emily Longhurst, Kelsey Harrison, Koby Clark, Kiara Watson and Charlotte Petch with wristbands promoting National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence. Picture: Adam McLean
Albion Park Public School students Emily Longhurst, Kelsey Harrison, Koby Clark, Kiara Watson and Charlotte Petch with wristbands promoting National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence. Picture: Adam McLean

Albion Park Public School students are again taking a stand against bullying and violence.

And for the second year running the school is supporting the annual National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence.

The day is marked on Friday, March 16 but school chaplain Tara Kent has been running a number of activities throughout the week with students to empower young people to take a stand against bullying and violence.

“At Albion Park Public we are committed to taking a stand against bullying and violence and doing our very best to ensure each and every family and student is supported, heard, understood and included,” Mrs Kent said.

“It’s been fantastic seeing the engagement of the students with such an important topic.

“Opportunities for conversations, learning and re-learning, reflecting on experiences and behaviour and witnessing students make personal pledges to “take a stand together” has been very powerful.

Young people need to know the difference between not getting along with someone and bullying.

Tara Kent

“I'm privileged to work alongside these young people and support them to make a positive difference in their world.”

Similar to what they did in 2017, this week students have been involved in creating artworks, group discussions, lessons and assembly presentations focusing on empowering young people to take a stand against bullying and violence.

Knowing what is acceptable, what to do, where to go for help, how to be part of the solution and promoting positive life messages such as “treating others the way you want to be treated”, are some of the topics Albion Park Public School students have explored.

“Young people need to know the difference between not getting along with someone and bullying,” Mrs Kent said.

“Also, what to do if you are bullied or see a friend get bullied and how to be an active bystander if it is safe to do so.

“Cyber bullying has also been a big focus with lessons on how to stay safe online and what to do if you witness cyber bullying.”