BULLIES ON THE OUTER: Amamoor school students rehearse a scene for their play, Dux of the School. They are (from left) angel Melinda Murfitt, bystander Brittney Skyring,
BULLIES ON THE OUTER: Amamoor school students rehearse a scene for their play, Dux of the School. They are (from left) angel Melinda Murfitt, bystander Brittney Skyring, "Buddy" understudy Joshua Terkurle, sports player Mitchell Gugger, rainbow dancer Tehya Stuart-Longobardi. The two bullies are Liam Harris and Tom Elliott. Gympie Times

Focus on bullying

AMAMOOR State School has declared “no” to bullying by putting the topic on centre stage.

Innovative principal Michael Hobson inspired staff members Louise Hobson and Debbie Alford to write a seven-minute stage play and enter a school act in the national story festival, Wakakirri, for primary schools.

That puts the novice Amamoor drama students into a pool of some 25,000 students from around Australia who will all tell their stories on stage and online.

“We want to send a powerful message because our school and school community is passionate about the power of friendship and being treated fairly, so we say no to bullies,” Mrs Alford said.

“We want to take this message to every corner of Australia through our creative and imaginative performance.”

The school group – and no doubt a bus full of proud mums and dads – will travel to Caloundra for the Queensland finals on July 28-30. The Amamoor entry is titled Dux of the School and has successfully embedded little yellow ducks in the storyline – one of the quirky details required in entry guidelines.

Mrs Alford said 39 students from Years 2 to 7 were nervously excited as they rehearsed for auditions.

Since then, they have been actively involved in painting backdrops and making props using recyclable materials, as well as conscientiously practising the story dance.

Generous donations have come from Budget Steel, Dale Warne Cabinet Makers, Amamoor Store, B&D Gill Plumbing, Gympie Electrical, Lincraft and Red Cross, as well as Jamie Alford, who volunteered his time to make the props.

Mrs Alford said school staff had also continually given time sourcing items and sewing costumes.

“This is an enormous job and these students have never done anything like this, nor have we,” she said, referring to herself and Mrs Hobson.

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