Queensland independent school students will join fellow students from across the country today (Friday 18 March) in promoting inclusion, respect and community belonging as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
This year’s campaign marks 12 years of action against bullying and violence with the theme “Kindness Culture”.
163 Queensland independent schools have registered for the day, with many others also expected to undertake special activities.
These schools are among more than 1680 Queensland state and non-state schools supporting the day of action.
Independent Schools Queensland Chief Executive Officer Chris Mountford said Queensland independent schools strive to create diverse environments where all children feel welcomed.
“Students, staff and parents all have an important role to play in understanding and addressing the impact of bullying,” Mr Mountford said.
“Independent schools strive to create diverse environments where all children feel welcomed while fostering a positive school climate which is inclusive and respectful.”
Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Justine Cirocco said bullying was just one of the many issues that parents and schools needed to tackle in partnership.
“I want to thank the Queensland independent schools who are already doing so much great work in addressing bullying and promoting a culture of kindness among students,” Ms Cirocco said.
“We also know parents have a big role to play in continuing this conversation at home.”
Schools that have registered can use the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence event toolkit with classroom resources to help promote activities within the school.
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, parents and schools can be found at the Bullying No Way website, the eSafety Commissioner’s website or the Raising Children Network website.
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