The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is this Friday. The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. The day encourages all Australian students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in the classroom, in schools and beyond.
At Wirreanda, our student leaders will oversee the day that will include:
In the morning we will invite students and staff to enter our Confession Booth and write down an experience, or something they have done in the past, that contributed to bullying or violence, and that they are not proud of. This anonymous ‘confession’, written in white and black, will be stuck on to a large board along with many others to start the artwork.
In the afternoon, however, we will invite staff and students to step into the booth for a second time and share a positive experience they’ve had with other students, an example they’ve seen of someone standing up against bullying or violence, or a gratitude message to someone else. This message, written on coloured paper, will then contribute to our anti-bullying slogan, spelling it out over the top of the confessions from earlier in the day.
Bullying is a severe form of harassment that occurs when someone, or a group of people, have power over a student and deliberately upset or hurt him/her, damage his/her property, reputation or social acceptance more than once. The student’s inner self has been hurt and may experience and feel:
- Anxious – when will it happen again?
- Powerless – there’s nothing I can do?
- Angry – it’s not my fault, why me?
- Frustrated – this is consuming me!
- Embarrassed – are other students watching and what do they think?
- Helpless – no one understands what I’m going through! Bullying is unacceptable in any shape or form and students must be empowered to speak up until they are heard and action is taken by responsible adults to address the issue.
- 21st century students craving for peer esteem and acceptance often are blockers for them to report bullying.
- They desperately don’t want to lose connections to their group and may see speaking up against as threatening this.
- The bully must have this power taken away forever and be counselled on appropriate ways in which to treat others.
- teaching students how to use their strengths to be assertive to overcome bullying needs to be a key strategy
“I’ve got two reasons for my success; I’m standing on both of them.” Betty Grable