Beat beats bullying


Education Minister Peter Collier with students Devn Ingham, Sienna Gazey, Zak Fleming and Tina Huynh. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d451570
Education Minister Peter Collier with students Devn Ingham, Sienna Gazey, Zak Fleming and Tina Huynh. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d451570

Ocean Reef Primary School took part in the sixth National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on March 18.

Principal Peter Blackwell said the school addressed bullying throughout its academic and non-academic programs.

Mr Blackwell said the school gave students skills to handle bullying, including knowing who to see for help.

“If something happens and they don’t feel comfortable, they know there’s someone they can go to,” he said.

“They don’t have to put up with it; there are things that they can do to make sure that they are safe and not feeling threatened.”

Mr Blackwell said the school’s DRUMBEAT program was an intervention program for smaller groups.

“The drum becomes a focus and a structure that they can build some resilience around,” he said, adding that children learnt to work in teams and interact on the drums.

“We also use the drums across the school so all the kids have an opportunity to have fun with them.

“What we are trying to do is provide them with the release so they can be positive in a social setting.”

Visiting the school recently, Education Minister Peter Collier said schools played a key role in empowering students to take a stand against bullies.

“Ocean Reef Primary School has creative programs to emphasise that bullies are not welcome at the school,” Mr Collier said.

The school also uses Smiling Mind – a mindfulness and meditation app – to encourage students to be self-aware and emotionally resilient through regular mindfulness sessions.

For more information, visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au.