Northern Territory Schools will take a stand against bullying today, with students set to participate in the country’s key annual anti-bullying event, the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said it was great to see so many schools and students sending a clear message that bullying and violence have no place in Australia.
“From poster competitions to pledge walls, special events and lessons, Territory schools are using the National Day of Action to find workable solutions that address bullying and violence,” Senator Scullion said.
“Northern Territory schools that have registered their participation have access to an extensive range of teaching resources and materials to help make the day a success.”
“A large number of Territory schools are taking part from the NT’s major centres such as Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy, and Tennant Creek to the rural area like Humpty Doo Primary School and remote communities such as Robinson River, Kintore, Kalkaringi, Lajamanu and Tipperary Station School to Mutitjulu School at Uluru.”
“It’s a day to remember to support people affected by bullying and to let the family of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett know they are still in our thoughts.
“Remember Dolly’s message: Speak even if your voice shakes and I encourage people to speak out to someone they trust as there is always someone who can help you or call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said 1.88 million students across 4,355 schools would take part in today’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
“We’ve seen school involvement almost double since last year and this year marks the highest participation levels in the event’s eight-year history,” Minister Birmingham said.
“It’s clear from this response that students, schools and families want to keep the conversation going about bullying and violence.
“Whilst there is no ‘silver bullet’ for addressing bullying, when we have all levels of government, community and health organisations, schools and families working together, we can help ensure students no longer have to Imagine a world free from bullying, but that they can live in one.
“Thank you to all the schools who have chosen to participate today. You are leading the way in taking a strong stance against bullying and violence.”
For more information visit: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au