School boy named a national finalist

SAY NO: Cooper Parry-Pope was one of just 33 finalists chosen from a pool of more than 45,000 primary school children who entered posters. Picture: Julia Creek State School.

SAY NO: Cooper Parry-Pope was one of just 33 finalists chosen from a pool of more than 45,000 primary school children who entered posters. Picture: Julia Creek State School.

A Julia Creek school boy has been named a finalist in a nationwide anti-bullying poster competition.

Cooper Parry-Pope from Julia Creek State School was recognised at Government House in Sydney last week, as a regional finalist in the national ‘Say No To Bullying’ competition.

Just 33 finalists were chosen from the pool of more than 45,000 primary school children who entered posters.

FINALIST: Cooper Parry-Pope's entry was recognised at Government House in Sydney last week, as a regional finalist in the national ‘Say No To Bullying’ competition.

FINALIST: Cooper Parry-Pope's entry was recognised at Government House in Sydney last week, as a regional finalist in the national ‘Say No To Bullying’ competition.

Interrelate’s competition aims to assist schools to identify and address bullying behaviours in their school communities.

Interrelate CEO Patricia Occelli said victims of bullying are not alone. 

“There is in fact an army of other young people willing to stand beside them,” Ms Occelli.

“We know that there is power in numbers and really encourage young people who see bullying behaviours in their schools to step up and let the victims know that it’s not the entire world against them. Let them know that they are worth standing up for and that you will stay with them until things change for the better.”