National day spreads harmony message

IT DOESN'T matter where you come from, everybody except bullies is welcome at Griffith Public School.

That will be the message delivered on Friday as the school marks National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, while celebrating Harmony Day.

Principal Jude Hayman said they would use the day to focus on two important topics.

"On the day children can wear orange to symbolise traditional clothes of the country they come from. Harmony Day is very special because it celebrates the cultural diversity to which everyone belongs,” she said.

“Every class from kindergarten to year 6 has made maps marking where they are from and they are all on display.

“Harmony Day is a good day for the school community to acknowledge the value of diversity and remind everyone of our school values – respect, responsibility and do your best.

“Overall we are a very harmonious school and are very fortunate to have so many different cultures here, including the 20 per cent of Indigenous students.

“We also have a multicultural playgroup here which provides information about the different services available in town.”

Griffith Public School is among the 1950 schools from across Australia who registered for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

“I think everyone needs a continual reminder about bullying,” she said.

“We all need to be taught a strategy to deal with it and the national day of action is a good chance for us to do that with our students.”

By registering Griffith Public School is part of a growing nationwide movement that says “Bullying. No Way!”

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