JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
SENATOR THE HON SIMON BIRMINGHAM
Minister for Education and Training
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Senator for South Australia
CHRIS CREWTHER MP
Federal Member for Dunkley
Schools in Dunkley have taken a stand against bullying today, with students set to participate in the country’s key annual anti-bullying event.
The Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said it was great to see so many schools and students sending a clear message that bullying and violence have no place in Australia.
“From poster competitions to pledge walls, special events and lessons, Dunkley schools are using the National Day of Action to find workable solutions that address bullying and violence,” Mr Crewther said.
“Dunkley schools that have registered their participation have access to an extensive range of teaching resources and materials to help make the day a success.”
Mr Crewther and Nola Marino MP, who is the Chief Government Whip and Member for Forrest, yesterday visited Mornington Park Primary School, McClelland College and Elisabeth Murdoch College to do a presentation on cyber-bullying and cyber- safety with students from the age of 8 years old through to 18 year-olds.
Mrs Marino frequently visits and speaks to schools around the country and was invited by Mr Crewther to discuss the dangers of over-sharing on social media and the risks posed by those who seek to take advantage of young people online.
The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, said 1.88 million students across 4,355 schools would take part in today’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Dunkley schools participating in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence included Ballam Park Primary School, Elisabeth Murdoch College, Karingal Heights Primary School, Karingal Primary School, Kingsley Park Primary School, Langwarrin Park Primary School, Mahogany Rise Primary School, McClelland College, Mornington Park Primary School, Mount Eliza Primary School, Padua College, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Francis Xavier Primary School, St Jude’s Parish Primary School, St Macartans Primary School and Woodleigh School Minimbah Campus.
“We’ve seen school involvement almost double since last year and this year marks the highest participation levels in the event’s eight-year history,” Minister Birmingham said.
“It’s clear from this response that students, schools and families want to keep the conversation going about bullying and violence.
“Whilst there is no ‘silver bullet’ for addressing bullying, when we have all levels of government, community and health organisations, schools and families working together, we can help ensure students no longer have to Imagine a world free from bullying, but that they can live in one.
“I congratulate all the schools who have chosen to participate today. You are leading the way in taking a strong stance against bullying and violence and are making an important difference in our community,” Mr Crewther said.
For more information visit: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
Laura Lloyd (Mr Crewther): 03 9781 2333