Stuart raise bullying awareness

Students from Stuart High School recently promoted a strong message of anti-bullying at their Bullying, No Way! Day on Friday.

As part of also celebrating Harmony Day,  which promotes unity and the students put together orange headbands with important anti-bullying messages written on them.

Bullying, No Way! is a national campaign that all schools across the country promote in order to help stamp out bullying in the classroom environment.

Students came together for a barbecue during recess after attending an assembly earlier in the morning.

School Councillor and Teacher Noeline Gapp said she was proud of the work done by Student Voice to organise the event.

“Today we had an assembly, and student voice are very prominent in this event, they put together a power point outlining what bullying actually is, what percentage of students are bullied, and strategies to deal with bullying,” she said.

“Those strategies include making sure a trusted friend or family member know about it, ignoring the bullying if they feel confident to be able to do that, and knowing when to turn your computer off if you're being cyber bullied.”

Mrs Gapp said there was a bigger focus on cyber bullying due to many students being involved with social media sites such as Facebook.

“Research tells us cyber-bullying often leads to youth suicide, so we educate the students about that as well and give them strategies to use in those situations,” she said.

“We have to address the issue of bullying as part of our education program really.”