Bullying is a serious problem in Australian schools and online, but some kids are standing up and saying ‘no’.
One such pupil is Thomas Acres Public School’s Manni Rattanavong.
The youngster created an anti-bullying poster – which will be displayed at her school with her classmates posters – and submitted it to an Interrelate competition.
She was one of just five out of 470 entrants in south-west Sydney to receive a highly commended award for her work and go in the running for the major prize.
Manni told the Advertiser she worked hard on her poster because bullying is unacceptable.
“It’s not a nice thing to do,” she said.
Claudia Sannio, one of Manni’s teachers, said she was very proud everyone’s efforts.
“I’m incredibly proud of Manni and proud of the whole school,” she said.
“I’m not a classroom teacher but I get to pop in and teach the students lots of different things and one of them is anti-bullying.
“The kids learn to be kind to each other and never to bully someone else.
“They’re also told to think about the bully and that they might have something happening to them that’s making them act that way.”
Ms Sannio said Manni’s inclusion of some of the “core themes” of anti-bullying in her poster – including self-respect, kindness and carrying the anti-bullying message in life both inside and outside of school – would have impressed the judges.