On Friday 15th March, Rivendell School promoted the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. The day was recognised in schools across Australia and was a day in which students all over the country ‘took a stand together’ against bullying and violence.
As part of the day, the Sulman students presented an assembly on the topic which identified strategies students can use if they are a victim of bullying. These strategies (which are recommended from the government website bullyingnoway.gov.au) included:
- Talk to someone about it
- Ignore the bullying
- Stand up for yourself
- Try to stay positive
Students also discussed what they can do if they see bullying happen to others. Following on from the assembly, students took part in an activity where they created an “I Pledge” tree. On a cut out paper hand, students wrote self-identified pledges regarding how they could personally take action against bullying. These pledges then formed an “I Pledge Tree” which is currently on display at Rivendell School.
In addition, students also created a “Positivity Rainbow” where they wrote positive things that they liked about themselves and well as other people in their lives. These remained anonymous, but served to remind students of the importance of positive language and respecting each other, as well as themselves.