Students stand up against bullies
Students in Rockingham and Kwinana will say no to schoolyard bullies on Friday for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
The annual day is a chance for all schools to reject bullying and strengthen existing anti-bullying messages.
Endeavour Primary School deputy principal Sandra Adam said the whole school would recognise the combined effort the administration, students and parents had taken to lower the occurrence of bullying over the past nine years.
Mrs Adam said the school implemented a Friendly and Fun school initiative nine years ago to combat an increase in bullying and never looked back.
“We brought on this program to make sure students knew it wasn’t acceptable and parents knew how to identify or recognise their kids were being bullied,” she said.
“Bullying has now greatly reduced and students are aware of the right ways to treat each other and the right way to deal with the situation.
“Our philosophy is that we keep the school friendly and fun because we believe unless children are safe and happy they are not going to learn.”
Event co-ordinator and Year 4 teacher Rhian Lewis said students would meet with their buddies on the oval on Friday and listen to a presentation about bullying before singing a song about standing up for yourself and being resilient.
The school also incorporates the Friendly Schools Plus program, a buddy system and peer support.
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