Our Vision - Empower every student to achieve their personal best to make the world a
West End State School (WESS) is part of a vibrant community situated
close to Brisbane’s CBD. Whilst we are a large school, with over 1100
students, we work hard to maintain a close-knit, community feel.
Connecting with our school community is important to us. To facilitate
this strong connection we work hard to provide opportunities to
collaborate with our WESS community. We also ensure we make times
throughout the year to gather to celebrate our many achievements.
We have a passionate staff whose aim is to ensure that every student has
the opportunity to reach their full potential. In our classrooms, we
use research based, high yield teaching strategies to engage our
students in all areas of the curriculum. Ensuring our students feel safe
and supported is central to our work.
Our school embraces and celebrates its diversity, living by our motto -
We all smile in the same language. We are so very proud of our school!
Harmony Day falls on or close to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence each year. Harmony Day also coincides each year with the
United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The day celebrates Australia's cultural diversity and is about
inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, themes
that link directly to the anti-bullying focus of the National Day of
Action. If your school celebrates Harmony Day, you could make the
link for students between the Harmony Day themes and the anti-bullying
focus of the National Day of Action. Visit the
Harmony Day website for resources for schools such as do-it-yourself downloadable products and education resources.Assembly, presentations or pledge
Plan for a series of bullying prevention assemblies in the week
leading up to the National Day of Action. Different groups of students
could lead assembly each day.Invite peer mentors to make presentations about dealing with bullying in the transition to high school. Highlight students' work to the wider community on your website or social media pages.
Develop your own school anti-bullying pledge—there are lots of examples
online. Involve students in writing the pledge and in encouraging other
students to sign on.
Host a community event to share
information about the positive action your school is taking in relation
to bullying and to build support for the National Day of Action. Place
National Day of Action postcard (PDF, 2.3MB) in local businesses and libraries to promote the event.Write to people in your local community using the
NDA 2020 letterhead (DOC, 1.9MB)
to invite them to participate in your school event. Options include
support agencies, elders, universities, local council and businesses,
high profile individuals and local media representatives. Invite
students, teachers and parents to each contribute one idea that your
school could do to address bullying. Collate all the answers and create a
document to be presented to the school on the National Day of Action. Run a whole-school review of your school's anti-bullying policy. Highlight snippets and information from your school's behaviour policy in the school newsletter. Highlight your bullying prevention policy on your school's website.
Invite parents and community members to a school breakfast or barbeque
and showcase your school's anti-bullying work and programs to promote
student wellbeing. Make a school mural of positive messages about students' contributions to making your school safe and supportive.
Use an online platform to invite students to complete the sentence 'At
[our school] we are taking a stand against bullying and violence by...'
Invite parents of young children (3 to 8 years
of age) to an information session and discuss the important role of both
parents and educators in supporting young children's social and
emotional development. Use the information and handouts in
Starting in early childhood.
Hold an anti-bullying poetry or
short-story writing competition across the school community—compile
entries into a special school collection. Download the
Bullying. No Way! t-shirt transfer (PDF, 291KB) and organise t-shirts to be made for students and staff.Take
an aerial photo of students organised on the school yard or fields to
spell out key slogans: 'Bullying. No Way!' or 'Bullying. Not at our
school' or 'NO' etc.Hold an anti-bullying poster design or other artwork competition—involve members of the broader community to present prizes.
Select a wall in your school where all members of the school community
can make an imprint of their hand under the heading 'Take a Stand
Together'. Hold a school event on the National Day of Action
where students showcase theatre, song, dance or other performances they
have developed in class—invite parents and community members.
Organise a free dress day with a special feature (e.g. wearing odd
socks, a single colour) that symbolises inclusion and diversity in your
school community. Write your anti-bullying message in colour chalk on the school yard and create a mass student gathering for a photo. Meet up with other schools in the area to share ideas for a school cluster event. Create a sea of hands each designed by students with their personal anti-bullying message. Set up a string line for students to add a flag with their personal anti-bullying message.
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