Tatiara schools say 'No Way' to bullying

Schools across Australia will stand together today as they partner with 'Bullying. No Way!' for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Bordertown High School and other schools across the Tatiara will spend today raising awareness for an issue that affects students deeply.

Student counsellor and student support coordinator Debra Clarke has made an effort to put up posters around the school to remind students that the school has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.

The school has also reached out to parents to provide them with strategies on how to deal with a child that wants to talk about bullying.

Teachers plan to use resources from the 'Bullying. No Way!' website when completing a unit on bullying during their Year 8 Health classes later in the year.

The content's aim is to encourage all students to feel comfortable to contact and let staff know if bullying is happening at the school.

Keith Area School is another school that jumped at the chance to participate in the national 'Bullying. No Way!' Day.

The school decided to celebrate the event one day before the official day on March 15.

Staff still managed to deliver the desired result, as students showed support by dressing up in orange.

Buddy classes worked together to learn important messages about bullying and bystander behaviour and also took part in a design a t-shirt competition.

Student wellbeing coordinator Kristy Clark declared the day a great success, with the topic of bullying being something that the school will continue to work on all year round.

"The primary students work all year round on a program called the, ‘Ripple Kindness Project’," she said.

"The Ripple Kindness Project for Schools educates and inspires the hearts and minds of young people.

"It aims to promote positive character traits, boost emotional intelligence, build resilience and allow students to experience good feelings first-hand."

Keith Area School has recently received recognition as being a White Ribbon School, something the staff are incredibly proud of.

Schools across the Tatiara will continue to promote the message of respect and work hard to eradicate bullying throughout all year levels.

Children who are currently being affected by bullying and want to talk to someone can contact the 'Bullying. No Way!' Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.