Mooroopna students take a stand against bullying

By Liz Mellino

About 730 students took a stand against bullying on Friday, coming together to spell the words ‘‘No Way’’ on the Mooroopna Football Ground oval.

Students from schools in Mooroopna, Ardmona and Undera congregated on the oval for a photograph to mark the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Taken by a drone, the photograph aimed to share this message of this year’s theme ‘‘Bullying. No Way! Take action everyday’’.

‘‘For the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence we wanted to make sure that all the schools projected the view that we’re not going to tolerate bullying and violence in our schools and in our community,’’ Mooroopna Primary School primary welfare officer David Doherty said.

‘‘We wanted to make a more uniformed image... we’re not going to tolerate bullying and violence in our schools and our community and we’re going to say no to it.’’

Mooroopna Primary School organised a similar photograph for last year’s day, however, Mr Doherty said they wanted to involve more schools this year to promote a unified front.

More than 2.4 million students take part in the day nationwide to address bullying prevention and to help create a more positive school climate.

About one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students reported being bullied every few weeks, while about one in five young school students reported experiencing online bullying in any one year.

Education Council chair Minister Dan Tehan said students’ were at the hearts of this year’s National Day of Action.

‘‘More than 60 per cent of Australian schools take part in the NDA and will take action to involve communities in addressing bullying and creating supportive, inclusive, respectful and safe environments where all students can reach their full potential,’’ Mr Tehan said.

‘‘I encourage schools and all communities to keep the Bullying. No Way! message going all year round. We all have a role to play.’’