Local Schools Unite For Anti-Bullying Summit

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Student representatives from 15 local primary schools came together today for an anti-bullying summit at Apollo Parkways Primary School in Greensborough.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, joined more than 30 Grade 5 and 6 students, along with principals and teachers of the 15 schools, to learn about how local students and their schools prevent bullying.

Students spoke with the Minister about their experiences, including how their schools dealt with bullying and cyberbullying.

Apollo Parkways Primary School has a long history of running anti-bullying programs, including its flagship ‘e-learning captains’ program where members of the student leadership team nominate as captains and are responsible for supporting teachers and students across the school in preventing and responding to cyberbullying.

The school was also one of the first in Victoria to receive full eSmart accreditation and also received a Bully Stoppers grant for a cyber safety project.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino:

“Bullying is a serious issue that affects up to one in five young people and is a problem that we need to do everything we can to stop.”

“Bullying can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. By working together as a community we can stop it.”

“Apollo Parkways Primary School is a great example of what a school can do to prevent bullying in all its forms.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward:

“We have great local schools who are working hard with their students to make them safe places to learn.”

Quotes attributable to Apollo Parkways Primary School principal, Lindsay Reeve:

“Apollo Parkways Primary School is proud of the work its students and staff have done to prevent bullying and cyberbullying at school.”

“We want all of our students to feel safe and happy at school, so they can get the best education possible.”

“Today is a great opportunity to meet with students and staff from other schools and share our experiences in preventing bullying, and learn from them.”