Students at All Hallows Catholic Primary Five Dock made 500 stars to mark National Day of Action Against Bullying, Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. The annual day held at the end of March encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond and to showcase their anti-bullying initiatives.
All Hallows coordinator Tamara Stewart-Moore said they decided to make stars as a way to raise awareness throughout the school as each star represented All Hallows’ commitment towards a bullying and violence-free environment in all schools across Australia.
Key leaders of the initiative were Year 4 teacher Claudia Briganti and seven Year 4 students – Olivia Alexakis, Juliet Mostacci, Keilani Wirihana, Edie Mulvey, Ginetta Richetti, Abigail Camilleri and Livia Finocchiaro, who were the school’s head star weavers.
“The timing was perfect as it also tied in with Harmony Day which we celebrate each year,” Mrs Stewart-Moore said.
“It was making something lovely – the opposite of bullying and violence – and all the students were enthusiastic star-makers committed to the cause.”
The initiative also connected with the schools’ new eSmart curriculum, a program helping children to learn how to be smart, safe and responsible online, which was introduced this year.
“We are on our way to becoming an eSmart accredited school through the Alannah and Madeline Foundation so the ‘500 stars’ was a wonderful visual way to kick off the journey,” Mrs Stewart-Moore said.
The All Hallows’ stars will continue to inspire in 2018 when they will be displayed at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.