More South Australian schools have signed up to participate in this year’s National Day of Action, which will engage over 100,000 students state wide and show that the strong messages against violence and bullying are being heard.
Following this year’s theme ‘Imagine a world free from bullying’, the Northern Adelaide State Secondary Schools Alliance (NASSSA) will shift thoughts into action at a conference with more than 100 public school students across 11 schools.
Led by the NASSSA Youth Action Team, the conference will bring together student voice, attitudes and experiences and workshop these to create a plan to effectively address violence and bullying at a school and community level.
The eleven participating schools were each granted $1,000 to run the conference and bring to action strategies that will promote positive attitudes and relationships within their alliance and eventually across other South Australian schools.
In addition to this funding, 40 government schools were given a share of $20,000 to run anti-bullying promotional activities.
The Anti-bullying strategy was first announced in October 2017 and includes increased funding for educational programs, professional development for staff and modules to address cyberbullying.
As part of this, the State Government announced an additional $50,000 per year in funding for the next three years to support schools to undertake and promote anti-bullying initiatives.
Schools can go to the Bullying. No Way! website to access a list of educational ideas and resources that will help students understand and build awareness around the issue.
Quotes attributable to Executive Director Early Years and Child Development, Ann-Marie Hayes
Everyone has a role to play when dealing with violence and bullying and our schools are doing a fantastic job in finding ways to come together, listen to students’ insight and look at how they can make a positive change in schools and the wider community.
We’ve introduced a suite of anti-bullying measures across all public schools so that schools can get the right kind of guidance and support that meets their needs.
Violence and bullying is unacceptable in any case and we want our students to be thoughtful and vocal leaders in taking action towards building a world free from bullying.