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National Day of Action

22 June, 2015

On Friday 20 March St Michael’s School was one of many schools throughout Australia who registered for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Families and friends were invited to join in the learning activities with the children in the afternoon.

School Principal, Cathy Blackford said, “This day provided an opportunity for the school to focus on working together to provide a safe and supportive environment for all members of our community.”

Leading up to the day staff and students spent time participating in activities focussing on supporting the creation of a safe and supportive school community, free from bullying and violence. Art teacher and Wellbeing leader, Jenny Hanarahan said, “This year our activities were inspired by the book, ‘Only One You.’ The book has a simple but powerful message - "There is only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place". Over the last week, the children have focussed on this story as a link to our anti-bullying efforts.” 

After recess, the whole school gathered in the school yard to create a ‘yard of anti-bullying’ ideas.  Using chalk, each child wrote down ideas and/or drew pictures about how students in our school could promote a safe and supportive environment. The result was a colourful display of ideas. Following this activity, the children moved into multiage groups to participate in activities with teachers throughout the school. After lunch, Mrs Blackford read the book ‘Only One You’ to the whole school in the hall and then students returned to their classrooms to complete an activity where they highlighted the uniqueness of each member of our school and wrote something they will do to make our school a better place.