BUSBY Public School students have come together to take a stand against bullying.
The students chose to make the problem the focus of their routine in this year’s Wakakirri Challenge.
Wakakirri teacher and coordinator Marnie O’Shea said the Wakakirri challenge is about helping kids get to know and know each other by creating and sharing stories on stage.
âThe students identified bullying as a major problem facing young people today,â she said.
âOur uplifting Step Up and Stand Out story tells the story of children who empower each other to embrace their individuality.
“They team up to defeat the tyrants who have defined who they are and ask Dr. Seuss’ famous question: ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’.”
Miss O’Shea said some people think bullying is part of the growth.
âHarassment can have long-term physical and psychological consequences,â she said.
âIt’s learned behavior, and there are a lot of reasons some people choose to bully.
“We hope to give students the courage to be themselves and to stand out from the crowd even though they may be ‘different’.”
Miss O’Shea said she was proud of the way the students were committed to ending the bullying.
âThey recognize the value of our message and have been proactive in getting the word out.
“I’m sure they will be fantastic that night and can’t wait for it all to come together.”
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The school will perform at the Riverside Theater on Wednesday August 27th.