College rides anti-bullying message home
AMONG the 5000-plus sea of blue in Springsure last Saturday at the Doin' it for Dolly Charity Rodeo, a unified St Brendan's College team of young men held their heads high with their commitment to supporting the anti-bullying message.
Riders came from all parts of Queensland to participate, from Normanton and Collinsville in the north and Augathella and Condamine in the southwest to Moura, Baralaba, Springsure and Yeppoon, the boys travelled to the rodeo as part of the St Brendan's College Rodeo Team and were well-placed to spread the message for Dolly far and wide.
St Brendan's principal Robert Corboy said he was extremely proud of the boarding and day students who had put their hands up to be involved in the event.
"Our Year 12 SBC rodeo captain Jackson Gray tied first in the Junior Bull Ride on the night, brothers Cameron and Alex Creevey and Caleb Elms tied fourth in the Junior Steer Ride and all SBC riders did the college proud on the day,” Mr Corboy said.
"I spoke to these students the week before they competed and they were fully aware of the enormity of the issue and the reason they rode in Springsure.
"Bullying is an enormous issue in our society and we work very hard to put in place the measures and framework to support students within our school who feel they are being bullied and to address instigators of bullying within our college.
"We strongly support the National Day of Action Against Bullying, consistently address anti-bullying in our year level retreats and pastoral care program, and seek out presenters to speak to students about social media issues, their digital footprint, online bullying and privacy.
"We are extremely aware that social media use and the online activities of our students is one of the biggest issues for families and our college, so we will soon be rolling out an optional product in partnership with Family Zone to support families at home to monitor and be aware of their child's mobile activity.
"I commend our St Brendan's College Rodeo Team for their support of the Doin' it for Dolly Charity Rodeo and assure our families that while we are not perfect, the anti-bullying message and practice is a key priority at our college.”