TAKING A STAND: Red Cliffs SC SRC representatives Deniz Karakaya, 14, and Beth Gleeson, 17, with the positive messages for their peers set to be displayed in the school’s drama room. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MADISON EASTMOND
IN an effort to aid the fight against violence and bullying, Red Cliffs Secondary College students have taken a morning to discuss, define and prevent bullying from taking place in their classrooms.
The day was organised in line with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, and also helped raise money for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
The Red Cliffs SRC School Board organised an extended year level home-group, with students taking part in team-building activities, educational seminars on the definition of bullying while also penning positive messages to be displayed in the school’s drama room.
Beth Gleeson, 17, a member of the school’s SRC, said that while there has always been a school policy on bullying, the SRC felt it was important to draw attention and focus on the issue to ensure they were doing their best as a school to prevent bullying.
“The morning really allowed us to get to know each other, and it definitely placed a big focus on being kind to one another and trying to lift each other up,” Beth said.
“I hope the SRC try and hold something similar each year, it’s been really great.”
Deniz Karakaya, 14, also a member of the school board, agreed, adding that she thought the day was important.
“It makes people more aware and creates an understanding of the true definition of bullying,” she said. “When students don’t know what that definition is, they can become passive bystanders.”
Red Cliffs SC assistant principal Kylie Morrish said that she couldn’t be prouder of the students and the SRC board for organising the morning.
A zero tolerance for bullying and violence is enforced at the school, but Kylie feels seminars and education on the topic is essential.
“We have a really positive culture here at ‘Reddy,’ and we feel its important to really focus on up-skilling our students before they go out into the community,” she said.
“To be active members of a community and not be passive bystanders, is a huge focus for us, they’re great at supporting each other here at school, but we want them to be able to support and be supported out in the community, and online.
“Knowing their options of being able to assist is very important and we think it will be very valuable for every student involved.”