Eleven year olds Maddy Kelly and Tia Dawes from Alstonville Public School won awards recently for posters they entered in Interrelate's Say No to Bullying competition.
Eleven year olds Maddy Kelly and Tia Dawes from Alstonville Public School won awards recently for posters they entered in Interrelate's Say No to Bullying competition. Cathy Adams

Schools will unite tomorrow for day against bullying

TO SPREAD the message that bullying is not okay, almost 2000 schools around Australia will host events tomorrowy as part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying.

A number of local primary schools are included.

Alstonville Public School Year 5 and 6 students have been creating anti-bullying messages using different types of media.

They will present their messages at an assembly.

The school's principal Kate Moore said the day focused on recognising that bullying does occur, whether it's at school, work or in social circumstances.

"Bullying has always existed in society and if we listen to world news ... schools act as a micro-society and reflect much of the behaviour that goes on," she said.

"At school children learn how to identify bullying behaviour, strategies to deal with the bully, how to be a proactive bystander and how to self-protect and break the cycle of being a victim."

Travis Lyon and Julie Fryer are organising events at Trinity Catholic College.

"Schools exist for learning, and for a person to learn, they need to feel safe," Mr Lyon said.

Trinity's SRC will run an assembly, introduce a hashtag campaign and hand out anti-bullying wristbands to students.

Other Northern Rivers schools hosting events include Eltham Public School, where kids will rotate through activities about multiculturalism and harmony, and Byron Bay Public School, where students will be involved in activities that promote positive and inclusive interaction.



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