A record number of schools right across the country will take a stand against bullying on Friday as part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Two million students are expected to take part across 4,355 schools in Australia, a number that is nearly double the participation rate of 2017.
Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said schools that have registered their participation can access an extensive range of teaching resources and materials to help make the day a success.
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“Schools and students are sending a clear message that bullying and violence have no place in Australia.
“From poster competitions to pledge walls, special events and lessons, thousands of schools are using the National Day of Action to find workable solutions that address bullying and violence.”
“From the Prime Minister down, Australians have been affected by the devastating stories we’ve heard about bullying in recent months.
“As a dad of two young daughters, the stories of bullying, both in the schoolyard and online horrify me just as I know they do thousands of parents across Australia.
“Students, schools and families want to do the right thing both inside the school gate and online.”
In Queensland, around 570,000 students will be taking part.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said activities at more than 1,200 schools across the state were driving home the message that bullying is unacceptable.
“Today we are asking students to imagine a world free from bullying and suggest ways we can achieve that,” The Premier said.
“Students have been working on various ways of conveying the message, from videos and plays to art projects, discussions and workshops and today’s activities include open days, community fairs, competitions and sausage sizzles to involve the community as much as possible.
“I want to thank all the students, teachers, principals, parents and other community members who are using today to raise awareness and spread the message.”
The Premier and Minister for Education Grace Grace will today attend a cybersafety workshop at the State Library of Queensland where students will share their thoughts on a wall of anti-bullying messages.