We took the stand against bullying!
A thousand students stood shoulder to shoulder on the College football oval on March 15 to send a strong message against bullying and violence in schools.
Students from Stella Maris Primary and Marist Regional College joined forces to create a massive peace sign on the oval, visibly demonstrating that the school communities don't accept bullying behaviour.
The stand was organised by the Marist SRC in conjuction with 500,000 other school students across Australia who took part in National Day of Action against bullying and violence.
SRC members Luke Aldridge and Carli Freeman said it was time for the whole community to take a stand on the issue.
"The students, staff and parents of Marist Regional College and Stella Maris Primary are demonstrating to the rest of our community that we're fair dinkum about what we believe to be important," Luke said.
"We're standing together as part of our wider community united against bullying, harassment and all forms of violence."
Luke urged the gathering to make active choices in a personal stand against bullies.
"Look around you and think about the power of one," he said.
"You can choose to be the active bystander who will step in or get help to stop a fight.
"You can choose to be the friend to confide in or the person who includes others."
The SRC is calling on all students of both schools to have the courage to take action and personal responsibility when they see bullying at school.
"We challenge each of you to be the best version of yourselves...be the change you want to see in the world."