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Schools Unite to Say No to Bullying

Queensland independent school students are uniting with more than 2 million young people nationwide to say no to bullying and violence as part of Australia’s 9th national day of action today.

About 93,000 students from 143 Queensland independent schools have registered for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, with others also expected to mark the event with their own activities. They are among more than 753,000 students at 1,625 Queensland schools supporting the event.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence turned the spotlight on an important community social issue.

“It directs attention and conversation to what bullying is, how it happens and critically how students, staff and parents can work together to address it by creating positive, respectful and inclusive communities,” he said.

“Survey data released by the Education Council shows the longer schools take part in the National Day of Action the greater the awareness and impact it has on students, staff and school climates.”

Queensland independent schools are supporting the national day in a range of ways including: involving students in week-long events promoting belonging; positive relationships picnics; launching kindness projects; creating buddy benches; and wearing the campaign’s signature orange colour.

Mr Robertson said student wellbeing was a core component of independent school education and pastoral care programs.

“Independent schools have a wide range of programs, strategies and structures in place to not only educate students about important social and health issues, such as bullying, but to also monitor student wellbeing in consultation with parents,” he said.

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

A range of resources, research and links to support services for students and parents can be found at the Bullying No Way website.

The Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network also provides access to a range of wellbeing resources including a webinar on bullying and student relationships by the Head of Health Promotion and Education Research at the Telethon Kids Institute, Professor Donna Cross.

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