Julia Creek State School students learnt new anti-bullying tools as part of a two week Queensland roadshow from relationship service, Interrelate.
The roadshow visited the school on Tuesday November 5 and introduced the primary school children to the benefits of three of their successful school programs; Bullying Awareness Program, Cyber safe teens and Family Evening Program.
In June 2019, Julia Creek State School was the winner of the 100pc participation prize in the sixth annual Say No To Bullying poster competition, a national art competition that was designed to start a conversation with primary school children about anti-bullying practices.
This win sparked the creation of the roadshow to bring these important subjects to as many Queensland school children as possible.
"The prize for this aspect of the competition was for us to deliver the Bullying Awareness Program (BAP) to the school," Interrelate CEO Patricia Occelli said.
"Julia Creek is in a remote region of Australia which wouldn't often get access to these kinds of resources so, rather than delivering this program to them using modern technology, we decided to go old-school and bring our team to them, and visit other schools along the way."
Interrelate, which helps to develop healthy and respectful relationships for life, has been delivering their services in NSW and Victoria for over 90 years, and has now been operating in Queensland since June 2019, enabling the delivery of their school programs in alignment with the Queensland Education Mental Health Framework.
"Visiting schools like Julia Creek State School has given us a wonderful opportunity to reach out to new schools and provide them with some essential tools to use with their students," said Ms Occelli.
"Being able to deliver these programs in remote areas is vital but difficult to achieve, especially as the schools and communities have so many constraints on their budget."
To help them deliver more programs to children who would normally miss out Interrelate has created a crowdfunding campaign through Benojo to raise funds to be able to deliver more programs in regional areas.
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