Students unite to send a message
On 6 June, 1200 students from across the City Schools Cluster united on the Darwin High oval to spell out ‘Bullying No Way!’. The event was filmed for use in a new national television advertisement for the 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
The initiative was inspired by the aerial shot created by our students earlier this year to raise awareness of the impact of cyberbullying. Year 12 student, Renee Hurley, was involved in the original concept as part of her Stage 2 Health class and said it ‘felt amazing’ to see students from Darwin’s six city schools stand united on such an important issue.
Renee was interviewed by media organisations as part of the event where she emphasised the importance of raising awareness as ‘every school faces cyberbullying and bullying issues’. Renee said she is ‘hoping students will report it more, will speak up – even if they are a bystander’. Coverage of the event appeared on Channel 9 News, ABC News and in the NT News.
All Year 10 students from Darwin High participated in building the words, along with students from Darwin Middle School, Larrakeyah Primary School, Parap Primary School, Stuart Park Primary School and Ludmilla Primary School.
It was great for our students to be involved in such a positive event.
To find out more about our school’s stance on bullying visit https://darwinhigh.nt.edu.au/about/bullying-no-way/
Image above: Renee being interviewed by local media.