26 September 2023

School culture antidote for bullying

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The Minister for Education has used the 12th annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence to call for a culture of kindness to flourish in the State’s schools.

The Minister, Grace Grace said there was room for everyone to contribute to a culture of kindness and this year’s National Day of Action (NDA) theme of Kindness Culture was a simple but important one.

“Where a culture of kindness is established and flourishes, bullying has no way of getting a look in,” Ms Grace said.

“I am proud that around 1,700 State, Catholic and independent schools across Queensland are participating in the 12th annual NDA,” she said.

Ms Grace said a new series of animated videos available on the Bullying. No Way! website supported the Kindness Culture message.

“The series was developed by the Queensland Department of Education, which is proud to be the lead Agency for the Bullying. No Way! and NDA initiatives for all of Australia,” she said.

“The videos cater for school-age children from Year 3 to Year 12 and cover various themes promoting positive online behaviour.

“Very importantly, they let young people know they are not alone and help is always available.”

The Minister said the Queensland-led NDA was all about empowering students to feel confident and be part of the solution to bullying, both online and in the schoolyard.

“For any students that experience bullying, we want to ensure they know that they’re not alone; that they can reach out for help, and that we will be there to support them,” Ms Grace said.

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