The Border Watch : March 15th 2019
2 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au City students take action School youngsters put hand up to say ‘no way’ to bullying MOLLY YLOR firstname.lastname@example.org STUDENTS are encouraged to put their hand up and say “no way” to bullying today in celebration of National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. For almost a decade the event has provided South East schools with the chance to focus on bullying prevention and create a safer community for children and young people. McDonald Park Primary School is among the region’s schools marking the national day, with student wellbeing leader Lia Jordan highlighting a number of activities held to ensure students are aware of the impacts bullying can have. “Each class has written a pledge about how as a community they will stand up and be a voice,” she said. “At assembly we will read out the pledges and classes will agree on how they can make the community better. “We need to talk about strategies they use everyday to support each other and themselves.” Ms Jordan said the school had various programs to help empower students to stand up for themselves. “We register for Bully. No Way! and its website also has lesson plans so teachers tend to follow that,” she said. “We talk about how children think, feel and all emotions they go through when involved in bullying.” A casual clothes day will be held today at the school to raise funds for Bully Zero. “The school leadership team recently decided to support Bully Zero as it provides information through school sessions in an interactive and interesting way,” she said. “They wanted to put the money somewhere into our community and we thought that would be a great way to do it.” Ms Jordan said the school had a “holistic” approach to anti-bullying. “Daily we have a restorative practice at the school where we talk about what students are feeling and work through problems in order to prevent and solve them,” she said. “If children are aware of the impact bullying can have on people, especially consistent bullying, they may show empathy to others which can change people’s behavior.” Ms Jordan said online bullying also needed to be given “serious” consideration. “We are focusing and understanding that words matter, especially for older students,” Ms Jordan said. “People have to be accountable for the words they say to others. “The kids tend to think not being physically present makes things easier and sometimes they do not think when they are home in their bedrooms.” Ms Jordan said online interactions can escalate dramatically. “Because a lot things happen so quickly online it can be harder to WORKING TOGETHER: McDonald Park School Year 5 student James works hand in hand with Year 7 student leader Keelie to prevent bullying and raise awareness in involvement with National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. prevent bullying when it goes outside the classroom,” she said. “The children are successful at screen-shotting it and reporting things to us which is fantastic. “It is about raising the awareness for parents and caretakers as well as students, education is key.” Although precaution is necessary, Ms Jordan does not think devices New bullying prevention strategy to be introduced SOUTH Australia Education Minister John Gardner said the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is a great opportunity for schools to stand united. “Bullying is unacceptable in school communities,” Mr Gardner said. “The theme for 2019 is ‘take action every day’ so we aim to promote actions we take every day to take a stand against bullying.” The South Australian Department for Picture: MOLLY TAYLOR should be “taken away” for children. “There is no point taking it away as technology is now a life-essential for their generation,” she said. “With our vision about being engaged problem solvers the student representative council and school community are looking at helping each other and preventing bullying one step at a time.” ADVERTORIAL Matthews Group Tipping Competition almost underway THE 2019 Australian Football League (AFL) season is almost underway with Limestone Coast residents heading to pubs and clubs to showcase their footy tipping nouse. Members of The South Eastern Hotel, The Park Hotel and The Mount Gambier Hotel can join in the footy fun by entering the Matthews Group tipping pool. The competition is one of many in the region, but offers an important point of difference, a keen focus on supporting local sporting clubs. Those who enter the Matthews $10K PRIZE POOL • Free beer, wine or soft drink every time you place your tips • $50 entry • End of season BBQ party • Matthews Loyalty Card required Group tipping competition nominate a sporting club of their choice to receive a $20 voucher from the group. "At the end of the competition we tally up how much money each club will receive and donate a Matthews Group voucher to that amount," The South Eastern Hotel venue manager Tim Sutcliffe said. "It doesn't have to be a footy club either, I've already had people choosing tennis clubs and soccer clubs, whatever sporting club you'd like to support, the choice is yours. "Through our three pubs we sponsor just about every sporting club in the region, we are committed to supporting them wherever we can and this is just another way to give back. The overall winner will also receive a $1000 voucher to donate to the club of their choice. In previous years the value was $2000, but Mr Sutcliffe believes the new $20 voucher system will be an improvement. "Giving everyone a chance to donate to their chosen club helps spread the money around a bit more which is always positive," he said. "Last year our winner donated his voucher to the Nangwarry Football Club. "This was before the recent devastating fire at the clubrooms but was still much needed at the time to support the sporting venue. "We hope that everyone rallies behind their home club and supports this worthy cause while also having a bit of fun tipping some footy." Entry to this year's competition is $50 with winners sharing in a $10,000 prize pool. Entrants must be loyalty card members of the Matthews Group and be over the age of 18. Education is currently finalising its new bullying prevention strategy that will be introduced later this year. The new strategy has been informed by school-based pilot projects conducted last year and a series of public engagement activities. Visit www. bullyingnoway.gov.au for more information. 747847 2 - The Border Watch, Friday, March 15, 2019 LOCAL SUPPORT: Last year's Matthews Group footy tipping competition winner Mike Sharam donated his $2000 Matthews Group voucher to the embattled Nangwarry Football Club.
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