Assumption Primary's focus on bullying prevention

Assumption Catholic Primary School has been preparing for national Bullying No Way Day, on March 15. 

To acknowledge the event, all classes are focusing on the impact of bullying and the role of the bystander in a bullying situation.

All year round, Year 6 students are peer support leaders for the younger children.

These students are the MJR Westies. 

"The Westies Peer Support has definitely had a positive impact in the playground." 

They are a visible presence around the playground.

To understand bullying is important.

A Westie is a person who is: Welcoming, Encouraging, says Sorry and says Thank you.

Westies acknowledge positive behaviour in the playground and are always around to assist students who may be feeling lonely in the playground, need some guidance to join a game or who just may be feeling sad.

Principal Kerrie Merritt said this was the third year that the Westies have been a part of the Assumption School student leadership group.

"The Westies Peer Support has definitely had a positive impact in the playground," she said. 

The introduction of the Westies originated from the review of the Behaviour Management Policy and the input from the Student Leadership Team.

The students wanted to incorporate the whole school Westie focus and the message that this portrays into the Peer Support.