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This entry was posted on April 12, 2006.
â€œBully free zoneâ€ was the message permeating through Warrawong Public School as students, teachers and parents came together to stamp out bullying in their school.
Wednesday April 5 saw all students, from kindergarten to year 6, participate in a series of ant-bullying activities.
Some of the activities included cooking, cooperative learning activities, cooperative craft, cooperative games and role-playing dramas, where students acted out being bullied and being the one doing the bullying and then discussed the subject. Some of the activities were done using â€œbuddiesâ€ where an older class teams up with a younger class for a particular activity.
Each student received a green wristband with the words â€œWarrawong P.S Bully Free Zoneâ€ written on it. The bands were green as this is the school colour.
Assistant Principal student welfare Debbie McIlwain said the wristbands provided a physical reminder to students about the anti-bullying message.
â€œNearly all of the children are wearing them, they have been very popular, lots of the children have come up to me and said thanks for the wristbands,â€ Ms McIlwain said.
She said the inspiration for the anti-bullying day came from a previous initiative â€œSpeak up against bullyingâ€ the school had run.
â€œLast year â€œSpeak up against bullyingâ€ was so successful we decided to put it into the student welfare program and today stems from there,â€ said Ms McIlwain.
As part of the day the schoolâ€™s faculty invited parents to join in a â€œparent forumâ€.
â€œThe parent forum was quite well attended, we raised lots of bullying issues,â€ said Ms McIlwain.
One issue raised was the difference between bullying and dobbing. According to Ms McIlwain the perception of children is that dobbing is bad and they donâ€™t want to â€œtell onâ€ their peers.
â€œWe want to educate children to know the difference between bullying and dobbing,â€ said Ms McIlwain.
She said overall the day was a positive one for the school.
â€œTodayâ€™s activities foster self-esteem, cooperation and tolerance in the students,â€ said Ms McIlwain.
She said the anti-bullying day instilled positive values in the children making them less likely to either bully or be victimised by a bully.
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