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Qld Independent Schools Unite To Say No to Bullying and Violence

17 March 2017

Queensland independent schools are uniting today with schools across the nation to send a powerful message that bullying and violence have no place in their communities.

Queensland independent schools are among more than 550 schools across the state that have signed up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, with others also expected to mark the 7th annual event with their own activities.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said schools planned to promote the campaign’s positive messages of care and respect through a range of events such as assemblies and wearing its signature orange colour.

Mr Robertson said Queensland independent school principals and teachers worked in partnership with parents and their communities to foster safe and supportive learning environments.

“The national day of action gives schools, students and families the chance to take part in an important conversation about bullying in all its forms, including what it is, how to recognise it and how to deal with it,” he said.

“Bullying, whether it’s occurring on a smartphone, in the playground or in the community, is never acceptable.

“The social, emotional and physical effects of bullying can be devastating. All young people deserve to live a life free from any form of harassment, on or off-line, and be surrounded and supported by people who value and accept them.”

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is running virtual classrooms for schools across Australia that teach children in upper primary school how to “use respectful chat” online, how to identify when upsetting and annoying behaviour becomes cyberbullying and how to deal with it.

As part of the National Day of Action, schools have also been invited to join the Embracing 2018 Stars School Challenge to make stars to signal their commitment to ending bullying.

The Stars School Challenge supports the One Million Stars to End Violence project, with each star woven to feature in a public art installation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Any students experiencing bullying should report their concerns to their school, a family member or contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is an initiative of the Education Council – a collaborative of state, territory and federal Education Ministers.

For more information about the campaign go to www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E: jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

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