Standing up not standing by at Holland Park State School

Senior students at Holland Park State School receive a daily reminder to ‘Don't stand by, stand up to cyberbullying’ thanks to a bag tag designed and distributed as part of a program of anti-cyberbullying activities held in late 2019.

The activities were funded through a Tackle Cyberbullying grant secured by Year 6 student Samuel, with the help of the school's P&C association. Samuel coordinated the grant activities during his final term at the primary school last year.

The activities kicked off with a competition open to all students to design a bag tag to illustrate the ‘Don't stand by, stand up to cyberbullying’ message. The winning design by Emily D. was reproduced on school bag tags, which were handed out to all Years 3–6 students.

In addition, the school held a dedicated cyberbullying assembly for Years 4–6 students, with the school's Adopt-a-Cop Senior Constable Aaron Nutschnig presenting an information session on cybersafety and cyberbullying.

As most students who participated in the cyberbullying session use mobile devices, the activities were a great opportunity to raise and discuss potential cyberbullying issues before they emerge.

Samuel had some nervous moments in coordinating the event, however, everything came together perfectly on the day, with the bag tags arriving just in time.

Samuel said he was grateful to the support he received from others throughout the grant application process and in staging the activities.

“I would like to thank the P&C particularly Mr Newbold,” Samuel said.

“I would also like to thank Mr Gribbin, Mrs Harrod and Mrs Oliver from Administration, and everyone who entered the design competition. Congratulations to Emily for winning.”

The bag tags are a physical reminder of the school's empowering anti-cyberbullying message.

From left: Andrew Newbold (P&C president), Samuel, Senior Constable Aaron Nutschnig, and Tony Gribbin (Holland Park SS Principal) at the special cyberbullying assembly.

Years 4–6 students listen to the presentation by Senior Constable Aaron Nutschnig.