Council equips local high schools with anti-bullying toolkit

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A new anti-bullying toolkit has been put together by Hawkesbury City Council with support from The Hawkesbury Youth Interagency and The Schools Partnership Group.

Launched by the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford at a Hawkesbury Youth Interagency meeting this week, the kit includes a variety of resources for high schools.

“We hope this new toolkit will help high schools to plan, promote, teach and share anti-bullying messages with their school community,” Councillor Ford said.

“This toolkit is an initiative recommended by the 2015 Hawkesbury Youth Summit, which involved more than 60 young people representing six Hawkesbury high schools.

“The summit participants identified a real need for anti-bullying information and resources to address bullying and cyber-bullying in high schools,” he added.

“Every high school in the Hawkesbury will receive an anti-bullying toolkit.

“Hopefully, the information and resources will be useful for schools for events such as the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on 18 March, Harmony Day on 21 March, Youth Week from 8-17 April, and during the year as schools deems appropriate.”

The toolkit includes anti-bullying posters, art-work, promotional material, investigative lesson plans, t-shirt transfers, badge designs and creative activities as well as research and information for teachers, parents and students.

The anti-bullying toolkit includes resources from the following organisations:

Bully ED resources: www.bullyed.com.au
Bully Stoppers resources: www.education.vic.gov.au/bullystoppers
Bullying. No Way! resources: www.bullyingnoway.gov.au
Cybersafety Wallpapers: www.creepquiz.eq.edu.au
The Alanah & Madeline Foundation resources: www.amf.org.au
Anti-Bullying Alliance resources: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk.

While this initiative is currently being provided to local high schools, as recommended by the 2015 Youth
Summit, local primary schools are welcome to contact Council’s Youth Participation Officer on 45604562 for
anti-bullying resources and information.