The winner of the 2014 Say No to Bullying Poster competition.
The winner of the 2014 Say No to Bullying Poster competition. Contributed

Poster competition to help start conversations about bullying

STARTING a new school year can be a scary experience for both children and their parents.

Added to these fears is the sad reality that school bullying is still a major issue in our society.

Research has found that one in four Australians in Years 4-9 report being bullied every few weeks or more.

Also Australia has recently been ranked number one in the world for bullying on social media networks.

Giving children a voice

To raise awareness of the issue of bullying and to assist schools to identify and address bullying behaviours, not-for-profit organisation and relationship experts, Interrelate is running a Say No to Bullying Poster Competition for all NSW primary schools.

This is the third consecutive year Interrelate has run this competition and last year they received over 5,000 entries from hundreds of schools.

"Interrelate is passionate about eradicating bullying and giving children a voice," North Coast Interrelate Area Manager, Julie Leete said.

"Participating schools have told us that by giving students a voice through the art, the competition helped them engage young people in a dialogue about bullying and allowed them to address issues that would have otherwise gone unnoticed."

This year's theme

This year, the competition theme is Differences Make Us Special. Don't Bully. The competition invites primary school students to draw a picture depicting their interpretation of the theme for their chance to win a family getaway.

In addition to prizes for the winner and 10 regional finalists, the school with the highest percentage of participating students will win $1,000 for their school.

"We believe that this competition is an ideal classroom activity for the start of the school year, as it can assist teachers to encourage open discussion about bullying, diversity and differences, which we hope can contribute to a change in behaviours," Ms Leete said.

All entries must be received by Friday, February 19 2016.

All prizes will be presented at a special Awards Ceremony at The Concourse in Chatswood on Friday, March 18 2016 to mark the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Competition details

Entries must be A4, original artwork and cannot be digitally modified. One entry per student can be sent to Interrelate Schools Competition, PO Box 6307, Baulkham Hills NSW 1755. Entries must be received by Friday, 19 February 2016. Entry forms and full competition details are available at www.interrelate.org.au/poster

Award Ceremony details

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Venue: Concert Hall, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue Chatswood 

About

Interrelate has been a leading provider of quality relationship services since 1926. Interrelate is a community based, not-for-profit organisation with a network of centres across metropolitan, regional and rural New South Wales. Each year, Interrelate helps over 60,000 individuals, couples, families and children to strengthen their relationships. If you would like more information about the Interrelate's Programs or need support, please contact Interrelate on 1300 i relate (1300 473 528) or visit www.interrelate.org.au



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