Goondiwindi schools to take part in National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Goondiwindi State High's Kindness Committee has been collecting 'warm fuzzies' - kind, anonymous messages to make another's day.
Goondiwindi State High's Kindness Committee has been collecting 'warm fuzzies' - kind, anonymous messages to make another's day.

Local students are saying ‘no way’ to bullying as they prepare for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday.

Goondiwindi State Primary students will stand out in orange in support of the group Bullying No Way.

“It’s a day to draw attention to the existence of bullying in any school, to raise awareness about it and to get everyone thinking about what they can do if they’re subjected to it and what they can do if they see it happening,” deputy principal Lew Verney said.

He said the school has both proactive and reactive strategies in place to combat bullying.

The children will donate gold coin to wear orange, with the funds going to the school’s World Vision sponsored child Seyd from Tanzania.

A newly formed Kindness Committee, led by student Chloe Barr at Goondiwindi State High are keeping the issue in the limelight all week.

“I did some research on it, and there is a 50 per cent more chance of students stopping bullying instead of teachers,” Chloe said.

“I think kids just listen to us students, and it might impact them a little bit more.”

On Monday, the Kindness Committee stood in front of the school and talked to them about the action they can take and words they can use to harm others.  Students were invited to take a pledge, promising to care about everyone more, and to eliminate bullying in the school.

On Tuesday, teachers welcomed and farewelled students at the school gates, while the Kindness Committee encouraged both to write anonymous ‘warm and fuzzy’ messages to others in the school.

The committee also sold iron-on transfers with messages of kindness and anti-bullying sentiments, to be worn on Friday.

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