TWO Rocks Primary School students turned their focus to anti-bullying messages recently.
Teacher Samantha Wright said the school took part in the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on March 16.
“The National Day of Action is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and in 2018, we were encouraged to imagine a world free from bullying,” she said.
“Students from Pre Primary through to Year 6 participated in activities which focused on strategies and suggestions when faced with bullying.”
Miss Wright said the Year 6 students took the anti-bullying message to the next level with a song that highlighted the issues of bullying and bystanders, encouraging people to be themselves and be proud of that during assembly.
Activities included creating artwork for anti-bullying messages and trying to get toothpaste back into tubes.
“It was easy to squeeze the toothpaste out but it was really hard to get it back in the tube,” Year 3 student Jayden Parker said.
“It’s easy to say things that hurt peoples’ feelings but hard to take it back because you have already hurt them.”
Another Year 3 student Taj Jeffery said his group tried to get all the toothpaste back into the tube too but couldn’t.
“It’s like words because even if we say sorry, you’ve still hurt someone’s feelings,” he said.
Jesse Barnes said “when you’ve said something mean, you can’t take it back because the person you said it to will always remember it”.
Reef Cavalea’s advice for anyone who was being bullied was to “stop, talk and walk”.
For help or advice on bullying, call the free, 24-7 Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Headspace also offers online chat or email support services for young people aged 12–25, as well as their family and friends at www.eheadspace.org.au or people can call 1800 650 890.