Avondale School, Cooranbong, embraces National Day of Action Against Bullying

WRIT LARGE: Students and staff at Avondale College, Cooranbong, made their point for the National Day of Action Against Bullying. Picture: Supplied
WRIT LARGE: Students and staff at Avondale College, Cooranbong, made their point for the National Day of Action Against Bullying. Picture: Supplied

AVONDALE School, in Cooranbong, embraced the recent National Day of Action Against Bullying.

Students and staff assembled to form an unambiguous message on the school oval (see picture) but also approached the issue on a personal level.

Students were encouraged to write a statement under an 'I Can' headline on a wall, in which they listed ways they could stand up against bullying and make a difference.

Teacher John Venegas said the personal messages written on the 'I Can' wall prompted students to consider and commit to practical measures.

"We encourage our school community to have these conversations more often and help this emerging generation to not stand idly by, but stand together as one and say 'No Way' to bullying," Mr Venegas said.

The school's secondary campus wellbeing coordinator, Ken Tosen, said it was important to have an all-of-school response to the issue.

"It was a great thing for us to do as a school," Mr Tosen said.

"Making a physical stand against bulling collectively makes it easier for students to be an 'upstander' rather than just being a bystander."

Students from the early learning centre up to year 12 were involved.

The writing was on the wall at Avondale School. Students were encouraged to write their own messages outlining steps they could take to stop bullying. Picture: Supplied.

The writing was on the wall at Avondale School. Students were encouraged to write their own messages outlining steps they could take to stop bullying. Picture: Supplied.

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