Educators Joanna Zielinska, Michael Shaw and Natalie Graham are set to launch an anti-bullying program at Tweed schools.
Educators Joanna Zielinska, Michael Shaw and Natalie Graham are set to launch an anti-bullying program at Tweed schools. Felicia Kosegi

Schools adopt bullying program

AN escalating level of school- yard bullying has prompted the launch of an educational program at Tweed schools.

Bully-Busters director Michael Shaw said they are hoping to have the program running at primary schools on the Tweed and Gold Coast in May.

“The Bully-Busters program is one of Australia’s leading programs in addressing the issue of bullying in our schools and wider communities,” Mr Shaw said.

“It has been based in Victoria for the past 13 years and has achieved remarkable results by helping children better understand bullying behaviour and providing them with the opportunity to safely explore strategies for dealing with it.”

The North Coast program will be headed by educators Natalie Graham and Joanna Zielinska, from Banora Point and Ocean Shores respectively.

“I think there’s such a growing need for the program,” Ms Graham said.

“Bullying has escalated in the past 15 years, and in respect to those growing needs we think it (the program) will run successfully.”

Bully-Busters delivers a whole school and community approach to bullying by providing a parent and teacher program alongside three varied and sequential student programs, and also covers cyber-bullying.

The program targets children from kindergarten through to year six.

“The program will be available to all primary schools in the area,” Ms Zielinska said.

“Basically anywhere we can travel to in a car in three hours, including over the (Queensland) border.”

Principals interested in running the program at their school can contact Mr Shaw on 0415 532 791 or at michael@insideouted.com.au

I think there’s such a growing need for the program. Bullying has escalated in the past 15 years.



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