Gayndah State School students Lachlan Smith and Damien Davina brainstorming ideas.
Gayndah State School students Lachlan Smith and Damien Davina brainstorming ideas. Leah Trott

'Connect with respect': Mosaic to tackle cyberbullying

PRIMARY students in Gayndah are deleting cyberbullying from their lives by constructing a new art installation for the town, made entirely of broken plates.

Thanks to a Tackle Cyberbullying Grant from the Queensland Government, children from Gayndah State School will be crafting a mosaic buddy bench while learning valuable lessons about online safety.

Head of curriculum Leah Trott applied for the grant, and believes it's important to arm the children with skills to help them in our technological world.

"We're working with the phrase 'connect with respect', and teaching them how to interact with others online,” Ms Trott said.

"They need to remember people online are real as well in order to develop respectful and positive relationships.”

Hoping to capture people's attention, Ms Trott believed the project would be something the town hadn't seen before.

"We wanted to show that even when you put broken things together, it can make something quite unique and beautiful,” Ms Trott said.

The mosaic ties in with the school's 3G program, which stands for "growing generation Gayndah”.

In conjunction with this, the students are writing a song to tackle the issue of cyberbullying, which even involves beatboxing.

If you would like to get involved, the school is in need of donations of old broken white, coloured or spotted plates to use in the mosaic.

The school will start constructing the mosaic at the beginning of term.


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