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Positive affirmations: Queenstown Primary School pupils will graffiti their school with positive messages tomorrow

By CASS MARRETT

Queenstown and Arrowtown primary school pupils will take a stand against bullies next week.

Coinciding with Bullying Free New Zealand Week, Queenstown Primary School’s running a lunchtime session during which kids will paint inspiring and positive quotes on Monday, before performing a skit in Friday’s assembly about being an active bystander.

Arrowtown School pupils have also got a programme of events, including taking part in Friday’s ‘Pink Shirt Day’.

The activities are being coordinated by Central Otago-based anti-bullying organisation Sticks ’n Stones, which has been working with the Ministry of Education to create  student action packs — designed by young people in Central Otago — for schools and businesses nationwide.

‘‘They’re tried and true ideas that students could put in place in their schools to create positive change,’’ Sticks ‘n Stones chief executive Karla Sanders says.

Also part of Bullying Free Week, Sticks ‘n Stones are running two online panel discussions on Tuesday and Thursday to talk about what changes are needed for NZ to be bullying-free.

Speakers include Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon, representatives from VOYCE — Whakarongo Mai, an independent charity which helps advocate for children with care experience, and reps from the Southern District Health Board.

cass.marrett@scene.co.nz