Friday, 21 March 2014

Tasmanian students step up for National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Tas Gov LogoDepartment of Education Media Release

Colin Pettit
Secretary, Department of Education
21 March 2014

Students from Brooks High School, along with over 900,000 students from across Australia, have taken a stand against bullying as part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Department of Education Secretary Colin Pettit has congratulated all Tasmanian schools who took part in the National Day of Action and commended the work being done in all schools to provide a safe and supportive school environment.

“We all need to send a message that bullying and violence, in or outside of school is not okay - at any time.

“The promotion of these important messages shows how critical it can be to take a stand and do something positive, be supportive and communicate that bullying and violent behaviour is not appropriate or acceptable.”

Student leaders from Brooks High School were at the local Mowbray Market Place interacting with community members and having conversations about the school’s focus on deterring bullying and violence.

Brooks High School Principal Shireen Thomas said that the day was a great opportunity to raise community awareness of the impact of bullying.

“It is not just up to schools to tackle bullying, it is up to all of us.

“Our students were really keen to help build an understanding that this is a community issue, as well as raise awareness of our school’s focus and the actions we take every day to support students to take positive action.

“They handed out flyers and wrist bands that promote awareness of the cause, and two of our senior students also took photos of members of the public against a screen with messages about no violence and bullying written on it.

“These photos will be used as part of a public exhibition.  As a school  all students also watched the documentary ‘Bully’, and each student has been given a wrist band displaying the important anti-bullying message.”

Government schools across Tasmania already have excellent strategies in place for addressing bullying and supporting positive behaviour.

“All schools also have in place resources that help teachers and parents tackle bullying and support their work to create safe, respectful school environments,” Mr Pettit said.

As part of the Education Department’s Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework, schools are supported with resources such as the Respectful Schools Support Team and the Respectful Schools Respectful Behaviour resource.

Mr Pettit also encouraged parents and carers to attend upcoming community forums on aggression and bullying, including cyber bullying, among young people with internationally-renowned health educator, Professor Donna Cross from the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science at Edith Cowan University.

“Professor Cross is visiting the state from 20–23 May to conduct workshops for principals and teachers in the three Learning Services regions as well as three regional community forums for parents and carers.

“These forums are designed to help parents better understand the research that has been done on aggression and bullying and how they can contribute to safer, more respectful behaviour.

“Parents interested in attending should talk to their child’s school principal.”

For more information and a list of schools participating in today’s National Day of Action, visit

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