​​School events

Whole-school events factsheetSchool events and whole school activities help to raise awareness of how to prevent and deal with bullying.

Use the Whole-school events factsheet or the suggestions below. Check out our lesson plans and class activities for more ideas.

You can hold these on the National Day of Action or at ​any time of the year to focus on your school's​ bullying prevention approach.

Harmony day

Assembly, presentations or pledge
School policy development or promotion
Teaching and learning activities for all students
Performance or creative event
Empower your student leaders
Professional development
Let us know your ideas


Harmony Day

Harmony Day falls on or close to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence each year.

Harmony Day also coincides each year with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day celebrates Australia's cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, themes that link ​directly to the anti-bullying focus of the National Day ​of Action.

If your school celebrates Harmony Day, you could make the link for students between the Harmony Day themes and the anti-bullying focus of the National Day of Action.

Visit the Harmony Day website for resources for schools such as do-it-yourself downloadable products and education resources.

Assembly, presentations or pledge

​Plan for a series of bullying prevention assemblies in the week leading up to the National Day of Action. Different groups of students could lead assembly each day.

Invite peer mentors to make presentations about dealing with bullying in the transition to high school.

Highlight students' work to the wider community on your website or social media pages.

Develop your own school anti-bullying pledge—there are lots of examples online. Involve students in writing the pledge and in encouraging other students to sign on.​

School policy development or promotion​

Host a community event to share information about the positive action your school is taking in relation to bullying and to build support for the National Day of Action. Place the National Day of Action postcard (PDF, 2.3MB) in local businesses and libraries to promote the event.

Write to people in your local community using the NDA 2020 letterhead (DOC, 1.9MB) to invite them to participate in your school event. Options include support agencies, elders, universities, local council and businesses, high profile individuals and local media representatives.

Invite students, teachers and parents to each contribute one idea that your school could do to address bullying. Collate all the answers and create a document to be presented to the school on the National Day of Action.

Run a whole-school review of your school's anti-bullying policy.

Highlight snippets and information from your school's behaviour policy in the school newsletter.

Highlight your bullying prevention policy on your school's website.

Invite parents and community members to a school breakfast or barbeque and showcase your school's anti-bullying work and programs to promote student wellbeing.

Make a school mural of positive messages about students' contributions to making your school safe and supportive.

Use an online platform to invite students to complete the sentence 'At [our school] we are taking a stand against bullying and violence by...'

Invite parents of young children (3 to 8 years of age) to an information session and discuss the important role of both parents and educators in supporting young children's social and emotional development. Use the information and handouts in Starting in early childhood.

Performance or creative event

Hold an anti-bullying poetry or short-story writing competition across the school community—compile entries into a special school collection.

Download the Bullying. No Way! t-shirt transfer (PDF, 291KB) and organise t-shirts to be made for students and staff.

Take an aerial photo of students organised on the school yard or fields to spell out key slogans: 'Bullying. No Way!' or 'Bullying. Not at our school' or 'NO' etc.

Hold an anti-bullying poster design or other artwork competition—involve members of the broader community to present prizes.

Select a wall in your school where all members of the school community can make an imprint of their hand under the heading 'Take a Stand Together'.

Hold a school event on the National Day of Action where students showcase theatre, song, dance or other performances they have developed in classinvite parents and community members.

Organise a free dress day with a special feature (e.g. wearing odd socks, a single colour) that symbolises inclusion and diversity in your school community.

Write your anti-bullying message in colour chalk on the school yard and create a mass student gathering for a photo.

Meet up with other schools in the area to share ideas for a school cluster event.
Create a sea of hands each designed by students with their personal anti-bullying message.

Set up a string line for students to add a flag with their personal anti-bullying message.

Empower your student leaders

Use the National Day of Action as an opportunity to develop your students' leadership skills in your school.

Inspire (and support) your students leaders to be positive role models for younger students, encourage other students to participate in school activities, and make a constructive impact on the school climate.

Invite student leaders to coordinate your schools events.

Harness the experience and social standing of your senior students through mentoring and demonstrating practical strategies in teacher-led class lessons about dealing with bullying.

Equip your student leaders with the Guide for senior students: running a bullying prevention project in your school (PDF 634KB), Word version (DOCX 550KB) to kick off their own bullying prevention project.

Professional development

Suggest your school uses the resource Professional learning: Bystanders to student bullying at a staff development session. The document provides three activities for staff on how schools can support students to be safe and supportive bystanders to bullying.

Organise a session for school staff development to view the What is bullying? whiteboard animation videos, a series of four short animated videos which unpack the national definition of bullying for Australian schools. Use the short set of discussion questions (PDF 1.0MB), (DOC, 1.5MB) created for staff development activities.

Choose one of the Research snapshots for discussion at a staff meeting or professional development session.

Test your knowledge about bullying by completing Professor Ken Rigby's Quiz "What do you know about bullying?" on his Bullying in Brief website. The Quiz poses 40 true/false questions and you can check your answers against the latest findings from Australian and international research. It is possible to apply to collect the group data from staff responses which may help planning for ongoing professional development. Please note, as the test is copyright to Ken Rigby, The Quiz may not be used to collect group data without permission from the author. Applications to do so should be made to ken.rigby@unisa.edu.au

Organise a session for whole staff development and discuss the Professional learning modules​​ on the Australian Government's Student Wellbeing Hub​​​.

Book ​a visit from ThinkUKnow to present to staff and parents about how you can help student have positive experiences online.

Contact the Australian Government's eSafety Commissioner's Outreach program (formerly Cybersmart Outreach) to provide information for students, parents and staff on ways to promote safe and responsible online behaviour.

Let us know your ideas

Got another great idea to add to this page to share with other schools? Send us an email at BNW.Website@qed.qld.gov.au.​​