Written by Alison Smith
Posted Wednesday March 6
Join the thousands of Australian schools already part of the nationwide movement that is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) and get ready to take action on Friday 15 March 2019.
How will your school take action towards stamping out bullying?
Don’t let National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) pass you and your school community by, without giving it the time and attention it needs.
Research continues to investigate the experiences of children and young people related to bullying. Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (that’s 27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often than that, in a national study in 2009. It is critical that we stand together and take action to create safer communities for everyone.
For more facts and figures see the Bullying. No Way! website.
If you are wondering how you and your students can get involved, but are low on time and resources read on…
What is National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA)?
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is a day when schools and communities across Australia stand and unite against bullying and violence. 2019 marks the ninth year of National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. It’s a day that forces us, not only to face these confronting issues head on, but to take action.
The theme for the 2019 NDA is Bullying. No Way! Take action every day. This idea builds on the 2018 theme to imagine a world free from bullying and to by invite school communities to turn big ideas into action.
Parents, teachers, students or members of the community can turn ideas into action and help deliver a powerful message that bullying and violence are never okay.
All schools in Australia are encouraged to register as an official NDA school. However, everyone and anyone can take part in this important day and make a positive difference and change lives. It’s not too late to get involved.
Stand United with Wrist Bands and Ribbons
This activity provides the perfect opportunity for a class discussion about the key messages of National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and the use of high mobility language. Check out our huge collection of persuasive writing teaching resources to help your students write powerful messages on their wrist band.
Your students will love making their own posters, banners and flags to take action and help to stamp out bullying.
NDA Materials and Resources
The Bullying. No Way! website for Australian schools is managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group which has representatives from all states and territories, including the Catholic and independent schooling sectors.
It’s not too late to register your school and you can still download materials and resources to make your NDA great!
Make a cup of tea and spend some time browsing through the huge range of NDA teaching resources from lower primary to lower secondary year levels. There are lesson plans and group activities covering most of the key curriculum areas. Your students will love them!
Online NDA Anti Bullying Information
Bullying is a very serious, complex and sometimes confusing issue that needs to be dealt with head-on. It can often be hard to distinguish between bullying and other harmful social behaviours.
As teachers, it’s our job to empower our students with information about bullying so that they can identify when it is happening, as well as the tools and strategies they need to tackle it. The NDA website is a great place to start. It is packed full of comprehensive information that is presented in a way that will appeal to your students, whatever year level they are in.
Stamp Out Bullying with Music and Song
Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is a fun anti-bullying song with a serious message. It was written by students of St Peter’s Primary School, East Bentleigh, Victoria. Your students will love to learn this song and get their groove on.
Follow the Be a Buddy MP3 link below to hear it and to share it with your class…
The lyrics to Be a Buddy can be found on the Bullying. No Way! website.
Have a Class Discussion About Bullying
If nothing else, have an open, honest and upfront discussion about bullying on National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).
This might sound obvious, but it can be tempting to avoid the topic of bullying because it opens up challenging discussions that are complicated to unpack. To me, a difficult conversation about bullying is a gift. It’s a chance to open up wounds before they can be healed and a chance to let go of negative experiences.
Have a class discussion and let your students know that they are not alone. Why not take your class discussion outside into the fresh air?
Make a Strong Message Chain
I love the symbolism of creating a class anti bullying message chain. Your students will see how uniting makes us stronger.
This quick and easy way to get involved in National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is so simple. All you need to do is to get guillotine happy and cut lots of paper strips. Ask your students to write a powerful anti-bullying message on a strip of paper and join them together.
Wrinkled Heart Activity
“Before you speak, think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart!”
The Wrinkled Heart Activity is a brilliant way to show how bullying and hurtful words can cause irreversible damage and the impact of bullying. Just like a human heart, once a paper heart has been wrinkled, it’s almost impossible to return it to it’s flat and smooth original state.
- Provide each student with a paper heart.
- Ask them to wrinkle it up by scrunching it into a ball.
- Encourage them to explore whether or not is possible to smooth it out again.
- Encourage your students to make the connection between the paper heart and a human heart damaged by harmful words or actions.
For lower years, this activity can be in conjunction with children’s book Chrysanthemum written by Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum is a thought-provoking tale of a little girl who loves her name and has all the confidence in the world until she starts school.
Lower Years Wrinkled Heart Activity
- Provide each student with a paper heart.
- Watch Chrysanthemum on YouTube.
- Encourage your students to listen carefully.
- When the characters in the story use mean words, encourage your students to scrunch up their paper hearts.
- Every time Chrysanthemum’s parents use kind words, encourage your students to try and smooth out their paper hearts.
- As a class, discuss the irreversible damage that harmful words and bullying can cause.
For more information about this activity read Holly’s blog Wrinkled Heart Classroom Activity.
Bullying and Resilience Unit Plan
We have created a Bullying and Resilience Unit that is designed to make important conversations about bullying regular occurrence in your classroom. It includes all the resources that you need and a teaching presentation.
This Personal, Social and Community Health unit introduces five resilience strategies to help students deal positively and effectively with bullying. While this unit has been written with Year 3 and Year 4 students in mind, many lesson ideas, activities and resources are equally suitable for upper grades. Don’t delay, download it now!
For more information about this unit and how it can be used in conjunction with National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) read our blog Empowering Classroom Activities for National Day of Action Against Bullying and Beyond.
Take Action and Get Involved
Take action now and get involved in National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence 2019. Make sure your class is an NDA class and stand united against bullying and violence with school communities across the nation.
It’s up to you how you and your class take part in National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence 2019, but the critical thing is that you do get involved. Make sure your school is an NDA school and stand united against bullying and violence with school communities across the nation.
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