Today Charleville State High School celebrated the sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence in a colourful and inclusive way.
In the centre of the school stood a tree covered in orange streamers and decorations, but when you looked closely you saw that they weren’t just any old decorations they were personalised messages against bullying.
“Every student was asked to write an anti-bullying message, or something positive on an orange piece of paper which we’ve hung in the trees.
“The day is just about bringing awareness to bullying,” says Jennifer Peacock, Youth Support Coordinator.
The activity was an initiative of the Charleville State High School Student Council, which has started up for the first time this year.
Already you can see that they want to make positive changes to their school and work with their fellow students to do so.
President of the Student Council Morgan Glasby says no one is a fan of bullying.
“I was picked on as a kid so I’m not particularly a fan of it, I don’t think anyone is.
“It’s free to be kind to people, so why be nasty? If you’ve got nothing nice to say don’t say it at all.
These kids have so much knowledge on the subject, proving that education programs against issues such as bullying are working, and necessary.
“It’s not really nice and it leads to depression and makes you really sad.
“We need more days like this, we should have these 12 times a year.
“Bullying doesn’t make you a better person,” says Student Council Member, Taylor Doneman.
The students were all encouraged to wear something orange for the day and they were treated with freshly cut oranges and Morgan even made some special themed cupcakes!
“We haven’t taken donations or anything we’re just raising awareness of it,”says Caitlin Doneman, Treasure of the Student Council.
A big thank you goes to the Student Council and Jennifer Peacock for taking the time to help put a stop to bullying in our schools.