Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Minister stands with students against bullying

    18/03/2016 9:30 AM
    • Schools mark National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
    • Ocean Reef Primary a showcase for innovative programs to address bullying 

    Ocean Reef Primary School students have sent a clear message this morning that bullying and violence have no place in the community.


    Marking the sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Education Minister Peter Collier said schools played a key role in empowering students to take a stand against bullies.


    "Ocean Reef Primary School has creative programs to emphasise that bullies are not welcome at the school," Mr Collier said.


    "Bullying can occur in many walks of life so, while schools work hard to stamp it out, it is also important for them to build resilient students who can cope with difficult situations both inside and outside of school."


    One program Ocean Reef Primary School uses is Smiling Mind - a mindfulness and meditation app - to encourage students to be self-aware and emotionally resilient through regular mindfulness sessions.


    Ocean Reef Primary School also runs the DRUMBEAT program where students who need extra support with social skills practise drumming songs, play inclusive games and discuss healthy relationships.


    The National Day of Action is an Australia-wide event that encourages all students to take a stand and say 'No way!' to bullying and violence.


    "I am pleased so many of our schools have joined the national conversation that bullying and violence is not tolerated," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • More than 100 schools across the State are organising activities for the sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
    • For more information, visit http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6300