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Schools take stand in day of action against bullying

AUSTRALIAN schools will be asked to take a stand against bullying next month on the 2013 National Day of Action.

Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett is encouraging schools to register for the third National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on March 15.

"On March 15, more than 268,000 students from 588 schools will showcase what they do to stop bullying in their school and raise awareness for this important issue," Mr Garrett said.

"The message is clear - we say no way to bullying in all shapes and forms including cyber bullying, physical violence and intimidation. There is no place for bullying or violence in, or outside, our schools."

Registration is still open and information and resources are available for schools to encourage young people to talk about and be more aware of the impacts of bullying.

The winners of the first Safe Schools are Smart Schools competition - a way for schools to be rewarded for their anti-bullying policies - will also be announced on the day.

A primary and secondary school from every state and territory with an outstanding anti-bullying policy or initiative will win a $5000 prize.

Entries close on March 1 with schools required to show how their anti-bullying policies meet the National Safe School Framework.

Topics:  bullying, peter garrett


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