On track to stopping bullying

ANTI-BULLYING: Dekota Noble, Lyka Pulgo, Mahlee Beard, Anika Walladge and Gabbie Seal show their anti-bullying bands during the track and field events.
ANTI-BULLYING: Dekota Noble, Lyka Pulgo, Mahlee Beard, Anika Walladge and Gabbie Seal show their anti-bullying bands during the track and field events.

Wudinna Area School was one of 40 South Australian schools to participate in a National Day of Action last week to promote the anti-bullying and violence message.

The school combined the day with its track and field day, with money spent as part of a successful grant application toward the purchase of anti-bullying bands.

Students wore the bands during the day promoting the message and staff member Natalie Phillips said the day was a success.

“We continue to promote good sportsmanship and so tied it in with our track day and it worked well with the anti-bullying message with everybody applauding each other,” she said.

“It was good to see the anti-bullying message tagged on to the day and kids still have their bands on this week.

“Having it with the day promoted the message more rather than just a one-off day.”

Ms Phillips said the next step would be to determine how to spend the rest of the $500 grant to reinforce the anti-bullying message.

Education Minister Susan Close said it was an important message.

“It is important our school communities share the message that bullying and violence is not acceptable anywhere and we will take a stand against bullying and violence in our schools.”