Thu 23rd May
This week, the Townsville Grammar School community will participate in their annual diarised TGS Bullying Awareness Week. Bullying has been in the spotlight recently after the devastating news of the death of “Dolly” Everett, who committed suicide after relentless bullying on social media.
What do schools such as ours do about bullying? We take action.
Year 7-12 will spend the week working through activities to better understand the impact of bullying and how to identify and address bullying.
These culminate in some specific activities on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday 16 March.
This year’s mantra, “SPEAK UP, STAND UP, STOP HATE”, supports our UPstander intervention approach to assist our students:-
Be ‘Social Normers’ by developing an understanding of the cause and nature of identity-based bullying, and identify and put a dynamic vocabulary to bullying
- Be ‘Interrupters’ by developing knowledge and skills to actively address bullying when and as it is happening, and
- Be ‘First Responders’ and peer advocates who can come to the aid of those impacted by bullying in, and outside of school.
Students will sign a pledge to supporting the National Day Against Bullying and Violence (Friday 16 March) ensuring students, staff and the wider community are aware of the School’s policies, strategies and initiatives to deliver a powerful message that bullying and violence is never acceptable.
Townsville Grammar School uses several prevention strategies across all year levels including Positive Education, e-Safety Week, Friendly Schools and Families, KidsMatter, Friendly Kids, Friendly Classrooms and the School’s own online bullying reporting system.