Anti-Bullying Program Reaches Currumbin Students

12 Oct 2010 9:26 AMJann Stuckey

12th October 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has thanked local community organisations for their generous donations towards an anti-bullying program for the Currumbin electorate.

“I am very appreciative of the generosity and enthusiasm of the community in getting behind the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ anti-bullying program,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The program was officially launched in June, with teachers from Elanora and Palm Beach Currumbin High delivering the anti-bullying message to students in years 8 and 9.

“My initial donation of $2,000 has meant that students at both schools have been able to get involved with the program this year, however more funding is needed to ensure the program can continue in the coming years.

“Palm Beach Currumbin Lions have donated $1,000 – an outstanding contribution that will go a long way to reaching more students.

“The Pines Shopping Centre and Tugun Central Neighbourhood Watch also gave generously to the cause and are to be commended.

“Feedback from our schools has been highly positive to date.

“Teachers at Palm Beach Currumbin High have delivered the program to all year 9 students, and will have all year 8’s involved by the end of the year.

“Deputy Principal Tracey Cardinal said both teachers and students have shown a real enthusiasm towards the program and they are hoping to continue delivering it annually to all year 8’s from next year. 

“Thanks must also go to Fiona Ware from Wesley Mission, Brisbane, who developed the program and has worked tirelessly to see this behaviour stamped out of our schools. 

“Unfortunately, the State Government continues to ignore the importance of implementing real, hands-on programs, like ‘Walk in My Shoes’, to tackle this deeply concerning issue.

“The Bligh Labor Government is simply not doing enough to try to reduce the instances of bullying and violence in Queensland schools.

“The effects of bullying are incredibly damaging, and can lead to truancy, crime, depression and even suicide.

“Efforts to prevent this chain of consequences from entrapping more young lives in our area must be a priority, and I urge businesses and community groups to come on board this successful program.

“Donations of any amount are most welcome.