Students from Gympie High and James Nash discuss the problem.
Students from Gympie High and James Nash discuss the problem. Contributed

Students say no to school bullies

ONE of the major issues faced in schools around Australia today is bullying.

On Friday, November 23 a group of students of all grades from Gympie State High School and James Nash came together and participated in a workshop on bullying. In doing so, they stood up and said no to bullying.

The workshop, normally for teachers rather than students, helped them to understand the motive for bullying. Many of the students had previously completed a peer skills education course and they are eager to visit primary schools to pass on their message and eventually give presentations in their own school.

“I have a greater understanding of the way people who are bullied act,” says Nathan, grade 11 of Gympie High.

The students thanked Mrs Cummings for organising the course and also Robert Pereira the facilitator.

Robert has a different approach to addressing bullying through developing an understanding of why children bully.

Robert facilitates Why Children Bully, a seminar which focuses on empowering the bystanders to step forward and say no to bullying.

The seminar was held over two days at Gympie State High School.

Staff members from Gympie State High School and James Nash State High School attended Day 1 and students from both schools attended Day 2.

Michael G Thompson is a psychologist, school consultant and author and he claims that the key is to empower the bystanders.

The aim is to access the silent majority and use our expertise to mobilise them to work in our favour and the favour of present and future victims.

All involved agreed the seminar was successful in building a greater understanding of bullying.

Gympie Times


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