Busby kids' story beats bullies

Stamping out bullying: Busby Public School pupils have based their entry to this year's Wakakirri Challenge on the devastating effects of bullying. Picture: Simon Bennett

Stamping out bullying: Busby Public School pupils have based their entry to this year's Wakakirri Challenge on the devastating effects of bullying. Picture: Simon Bennett

BUSBY Public School students have come together to make a stand against bullying.

The students chose to make the problem the focal point of their routine in this year's Wakakirri Challenge.

School teacher and Wakakirri co-ordinator Marnie O'Shea said the Wakakirri Challenge was to help children learn about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories on stage.

"The students identified bullying as being a major issue facing the youth of today," she said.

"Our uplifting tale Step Up and Stand Out tells the story of the children who empower each other to embrace their individuality.

"They band together to defeat the bullies that have defined who they are and ask the famous Dr Seuss question: 'Why fit in when you were born to stand out?'."

Miss O'Shea said some people believed bullying was part of growing up.

"Bullying can have long-term physical and psychological consequences," she said.

"It is a learnt behaviour, and there are lots of reasons why some people choose to bully.

"We hope to give students the courage to be themselves and stand out from the crowd even though they may be 'different'."

Miss O'Shea said she was proud of how the pupils had become committed to stopping bullying.

"They acknowledge the value in our message and have been proactive in spreading the word.

"I'm sure they will be fantastic on the night and look forward to it all coming together."

The school still needs local business sponsors.

To support the school, call 9607 7211.

The school will perform at the Riverside Theatre on Wednesday, August 27.

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