The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence at St Kevin's Primary

On Friday March 21st, 2014, St Kevin’s Primary School in Hampton Park celebrated Harmony Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence by unveiling their Sacred Garden with the entire school community.

The sacred garden is home to 13 pillars, representing each of the school’s values. The pillars are decorated by 600 tiles that were hand painted by the students of the school. Each student was given a school value and worked with their family to create a visual representation of that value.

Principal Anni Miers said that the values of St Kevin’s Primary School, which include respect, trust and understanding, “are universal values.” She also said the pillars remind them that, “If these values are who we say we are then bullying won’t be part of who we are.” She also explained that the tiles represent the multicultural nature of the school community and the project was about intercultural understanding.

On the day, Boonwurrung people, traditional owners of the land in Hampton Park, performed a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony. This was coupled with a blessing from Father Albert, from St Kevin’s Catholic Parish.

The day was also launch of the school’s Friendship Buddies, who are senior students at the school who will wear vests in the playground and have been trained to offer help, support and companionship to any students in need. To further promote and foster positive friendships, the students received Buddy Bands to wear.

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Pictured: Tiles that were hand painted by the students

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