In 2016, for the third consecutive year, Interrelate held an Anti-bullying Poster Competition for all NSW primary schools. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the issue of bullying and to assist schools to identify and address bullying behaviours in their school communities.
This years’ theme was:
Differences Make Us Special. Don’t Bully.
Students were invited to draw a picture depicting their interpretation of the competition theme. The competition was an ideal classroom activity for encouraging open discussion on the important issues of bullying, diversity and differences. We received almost 5,000 entries and participating schools expressed that by giving students a voice through the art, the competition helped them engage young people in a dialogue about bullying and allowed them to address issues that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The Winner, Regional Finalists and Highly Commended recipients, their guardian/s and school representatives were invited to a special Awards Ceremony at The Concourse, Chatswood in Sydney on Friday, 18 March 2016 where special guests included the NSW Treasurer, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, representing the NSW Premier among others. Ricardo Goncalves, SBS World News Presenter was the MC at the event and guest speakers included Leanne Hall, Integrative Psychologist, who specialises in working with young people, and Glen Ella, former sports and TV personality and current CEO of the Ella Foundation, which aims to promote Indigenous health, education and employment.
Congratulations to our 2016 Winner Celeste Black, Year 6, from Burraneer Bay Public School. Celeste won a getaway for her family to the South Coast in addition to an Art Pack generously donated by sponsor, Faber-Castell Australia.
Congratulations to our 11 Regional Finalists below. Each Finalist received an Art pack from our sponsor Faber-Castell and a copy of our 100+ Questions Kids Ask About Bullying book.