Leaders promote safety and respect

IGS High School leaders have spoken out ahead of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

“Our responsibility as a community should be to really focus on making IGS the best possible place it can be,” said 2020 Head Boy Parker Floris.

“If you see someone being treated in a way you wouldn’t want to be treated, say something, stand up for them. You’d want someone to do that for you if you were ever in their position.”

At a recent High School assembly, Parker asked fellow students to treat others as they wished to be treated.

“Everyone appreciates being treated with respect… Set a high standard… It is our responsibility to do what we can to make this the most supportive and friendly environment possible, not just within this school, but within society at large.”

Head Girl Astrid McKinley said the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence was important and people should not be “bystanders”.

“160,000 children miss out on school each day for fear of being bullied… To be a supportive friend you need to actively stand up against any detrimental behaviour or comments that are made, as well as be prepared to protect other people’s right to feel safe.

“Here at IGS you can always talk to a teacher or use the counselling services that are provided.

“For more private and anonymous conversations you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Australian Human Rights Commission or contact ReachOut.”