JUMPING INTO ACTION: Prep and Year 1 students showing their support for the MARK Foundation and anti bullying on St Joseph’s Day.
JUMPING INTO ACTION: Prep and Year 1 students showing their support for the MARK Foundation and anti bullying on St Joseph’s Day. Adam Mccleery

Gayndah primary school rises up against bullying

ST JOSEPH'S Primary School made anti-bullying the focus for St Joseph's Day, which was also the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (March 18).

School principal Ben Gray and his staff work hard to keep the anti-bullying campaign alive.

"To be a part of the bigger picture is massive," Mr Gray said.

"We have the MARK Foundation presenting some books to the students and talking about ways their foundation combats youth bullying."

The St Joseph's school has their own in-house anti-bullying program, specifically catered to children, such as Bully Bulldozer.

"We got a lot of parents throughout the year asking if it's okay to use characters like Bully Bulldozer at home," Mr Gray said.

"Which I think is ideal because then it continues to create that partnership."

The concept of Bully Bulldozer, Icy Isolation, Raving Random and Crazy Conflict is to help students identify the different forms of bullying.

School leader Joseph Formica has taken those concepts into his role as a leader.

"We have Bully Bulldozer because people who get bullied don't feel good so we try and help them in a way that can help them feel better and not be left out," Mr Formica said.

"Leaders are supposed to help people and encourage them."

With the student leadership on board the anti-bullying program has been gaining momentum amongst the students.

"The driving force for us is that communication and we encourage students to say when things aren't right or they're feeling unsafe," Mr Gray said.

Mr Gray will continue to enforce in his school, that talking about bullying when they identify it, is an important step.

"It takes more than me standing up on a Monday or Friday and going over Bully Bulldozer because just that alone won't have as big of an impact," Mr Gray said.

"It's in the talking with students and families and keeping that talk active that is important."


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