DAY OF ACTION: The children of Wyrallah Public School are saying ‘NO’ to bullying.
DAY OF ACTION: The children of Wyrallah Public School are saying ‘NO’ to bullying. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Bullies put on notice

THE message around Australia yesterday was simple: Bullying: No Way!

Over 1400 schools across Australia were registered to participate in the National Day of Action Against Bullying, with local schools like Wyrallah Public School getting involved.

This annual day provides a focus for schools who want to strengthen their everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

Wyrallah Public School was having a Funky Friday, with two different aspects in the day of awareness.

While partaking in the day against bullying, they were also having a crazy hair day to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Principal of the 18-student school, Lisa Fahy, said it had been a great day, with parent volunteers getting involved and all of the children having a laugh together as they styled each other's hair.

Mrs Fahy said they'd been talking to the children about the different types of bullying, how to stop it, and deal with it.

To tie in with the Leukaemia Foundation crazy hair day, Mrs Fahy said they had also been talking about what she calls 'silent bullying', where a child may be suffering from illness such as leukemia, a blood disease, or diabetes, for example, and may be excluded as a result because their classmates don't know how to deal with that.

Mrs Fahy said that while they didn't have a lot of bullying at Wyrallah, because of the small size of the school and the family style community of it, the day was more about reminding the children of acceptable behaviour.

Year 6 student, Wade Ashcroft, 11, said bullying was a bad thing because "it hurts people's feelings."

The students were all proudly wearing their new 'Take a Stand Against Bullying' wristbands and flaunting their bullying info cards that were given to the kids, which listed handy tips and helpline phone numbers.

Bully?

A headspace survey has revealed that only one in seven parents are confident they would know the signs that their child is bullying others.

To find out more, visit bullyingnoway.gov.au or headspace.org.au



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