Sports day delivers poignant message

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
School chaplain Brenda Percival, coordinator Jill Woollams and principal Damian Lloyd.
Camera IconSchool chaplain Brenda Percival, coordinator Jill Woollams and principal Damian Lloyd. Credit: Holly Thompson

Manjimup Primary School held a sports carnival last week and used the opportunity to remind students that bullying is never OK.

The sports day coincided with the National Day Against Bullying and Violence and Changing Health Acting Together school coordinator Jill Woollams said it was perfect timing.

“Sometimes events like this can lead to bullying or mean comments if a team or faction member makes a mistake and so it has been really great to promote sportsmanship to the students instead today,” she said.

“We have given the students wrist bands with a message against bullying written on them and staff are wearing yellow ribbons in support of the National Day Against Bullying and Violence too.”

School principal Damian Lloyd said the school was focused on preventing bullying and providing mental health support to students.

“We have a no bullying initiative and the kids know it is not tolerated on school grounds or online,” he said.

The students created banners to hang up at their sports day as well and wrote some anti-bullying quotes on them.

They also added drawings of their faces surrounding the quotes.

“They even painted my face on there too which is nice to see,” Mr Lloyd said.

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