Small school’s big message with new mural
TAABINGA State School has been spreading kindness, love, and friendship with its brand new locally painted mural.
Principal Anja Janosevic applied for the $4500 cyber-bullying grant through the Minister of Child Safety Di Farmer.
"We always wanted to have it painted locally so we had Lee Porter do the mural," Ms Janosevic said.
"It's a mural to tackle the issue of cyber-bullying.
"But it's mostly about promoting the idea of friendship and kindness within the school.
"We're hoping by promoting this, the kids will be playing well together at school and spreading kindness instead of getting on their computer or phones to bully each other."
Ms Janosevic said she believed the mural tackled all forms of bullying, not just cyber bullying.
"The theme is that kind kids make friends," she said.
"We also had the artist come in and talk to a few of the classes.
"To ask the kids about what kind of concepts and ideas they thought worked against cyber bullying and bullying.
"So most of the ideas that Lee painted on the mural actually came from our children.
"We didn't want to focus too much on the negatives associated with bullying because we would rather be spreading and encouraging positivity."
The thought behind the mural was to also create more conversations at home about bullying.
"We want the students to talk to their parents about bullying," Ms Janosevic said.
"Then for their parents to lead that conversation.
"It's also important for students to understand what bullying is of course and the difference between a one off incident and actual bullying."
Ms Janosevic said the mural only works alongside the rest of their curriculum and pastoral care focus on preventing cyber bullying and other forms of bullying.