Thomas Carr Students “Hands On” Against Bullying and Violence

18 March 2016 | General Interest

Thomas Carr Secondary College students made a hands on pledge towards creating a peaceful, zero-bullying environment in a special event timed to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on March 18. Thomas Carr College joined more than 2000 schools across Australia to stand together as part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

The activity, involving students from Year 7-12,  comprised students stamping their painted handprint on a giant mural after pledging their support to stand together against bullying.
Student Wellbeing Team Leader, Susan Ward, said that the idea for the event had come from the students themselves.

“The students wanted to do something visual that would make a strong statement about the fact that tackling bullying and violence is something that everyone can play a part in”, Ms Ward said.
She also revealed the week’s activities would include pastoral care activities promoting social and emotional awareness, cross age peer buddying, and teacher professional learning in responding to bullying incidents.

College Principal Dr Andrew Watson stated: “At Thomas Carr College, we are very active in our goal of creating a zero-bullying environment. The National Day of Action is a great reminder of this, and reinforces the work we are doing all year round in embedding social and emotional learning into the curriculum, and creating a positive school culture that promotes values such as caring, respect and acceptance of others.”

Students also had a chance during pastoral care sessions to learn about how to respond to bullying if they experience it themselves, or see it happening to a friend. Students were reminded about the “Bully Box”, launched by wellbeing staff last year, as an additional, non-confronting way to report bullying if it is seen occurring at school or if students experience bullying themselves. The Bully Box was developed in recognition of the fact that not all students feel comfortable reporting bullying face-to-face and sometimes may feel more comfortable using other reporting methods such as email.


While only one day of the year, the National Day of Action is a great reminder of the College’s focus on creating a zero-bullying environment and reinforces the work that we are doing all year round in embedding social and emotional learning into the curriculum, and creating a positive school culture that promotes caring, respect, and acceptance of others.


For further information and advice on bullying the Department of Education and Training have many terrific resources available at the link below:
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/parents.aspx

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