MT PRITCHARD PUBLIC SCHOOL | Youngsters learn how to say NO to bullying

By Courtney Knight and Patricia Occelli
Updated March 18 2019 - 11:27pm, first published 10:01pm

Last Friday, pupils at Mount Pritchard Public School had a school-wide breakfast in conjunction with the relationship-services organisation Interrelate to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence, a national government initiative coordinated by the Safe & Supportive School Communities Working Group.

Along with hundreds of schools across the country, Mount Pritchard Public pupils were involved in Interrelate's Say No To Bullying poster competition, an art activity to help youngsters embrace kindness and inclusion.

The youngsters at Mount Pritchard Public eagerly participated in this competition and they also shot a video.

The school's deputy principal Courtney Knight and Interrelate's chief executive Patricia Occelli canvassed our questions about some of the causes and solutions of bullying and how schools are dealing with it, specifically at Mount Pritchard Public and, more broadly, at schools across the country.

Abuse of power is on everyone's minds at the moment. How important is it to the staff at Mount Pritchard Public to address this with youngsters from a very young age? Can you ever be too young to understand bullying? Students are never too young to learn about bullying, especially in the instance where someone is abusing their power. Often our younger students are at the most risk of this because they don't have the same experiences to know or speak out about what's happening to them. We address this through many of our Personal Development units where students learn at their developmental level about seeking help, child protection, personal space and boundaries.

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