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Bullying. No Way! (Issue 4 2018)

Written on the 22 March 2018

Last Friday 16 March, was Australia's National Day of action for 'Bullying. No Way!'. In preparation for this day, all students participated in a range of activities. They watched clips, they read fact sheets, received wrist bands and held classroom discussions. It is important to learn what bullying is and what it is not. This is the first step in preventing or responding to bullying.

On Friday all students signed a pledge, agreeing to the following:

I agree that bullying and violence have no place at Sacred Heart College.

I agree that I have a duty to stand up for others and not be a bystander.

I promise to do my best to embody the values of the Marist Traditions
in stopping any form of bullying or violence in my community.

There were also activities in the Library to get the message out there, that we do not want bullying in our College and strategies for dealing with bullying behaviours. Activities included writing positive messages on a graffiti wall, coming up with assertive statements to say to someone who is bullying and taking photos with hashtags relating to this day of action. Jay Pozniak, the student counsellor facilitated many of these activities to be present if any of the boys wanted to talk about issues surrounding bullying.

Education Minister, Simon Birmingham also visited us as our Year 6 students made their Bullying. No Way! pledges. Sacred Heart College and its community stands united against bullying and continues to empower young minds to encourage positive behavior in a friendly and respectful way. Bullying. No Way! Please view this powerful video clip Speak, even if your voice shakes.

Remember, if you are concerned about your son please talk to a staff member at the College. If we don't know about it we can't deal with it. Please let us know. Together we can make Sacred Heart College a bully free zone.

Tamara Smith
Coordinator of Marist Missions


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