Trinity Lutheran College has among its many aims the creation of an environment in which every child has the right to feel safe and valued and where, provided they respect the rights of others, individual differences are accepted. Cyber bullying and internet safety are some of the most serious issues facing students today.
On Wednesday 24 February Brainstorm Productions will be presenting their student wellbeing program "Verbal Combat' for Years 9 and 10 students using drama, music and role plays designed to help students examine their online behaviour and the devastating consequences of online bullying. The messages are delivered in an extraordinary and powerful way, raising awareness and providing our students with real-life skills to help them combat cyber bullying.
'Verbal Combat' is a live theatre program that follows three friends who learn that their online words can last forever. The desire to fit in and be liked is strong and when one friend starts to post witty, but mean rumours to get more online likes, the play takes a cruel twist. All too soon, the posts are wreaking havoc in all their lives and the characters quickly discover that there is no easy way out. Verbal Combat is essential learning, that addresses the dire consequences of cyber bullying and will help students understand that their digital footprints are hard to erase and so are their mistakes.
The program has been developed in consultation with teachers, psychologists, as well as real-life student experiences. The methodology of the program is safe, supportive and nonjudgmental and designed to provide students with positive and useful tools that they can use in their everyday lives.
More than 350,000 Australian students have already benefited from Brainstorm Productions multi award-winning educational theatre programs over the past twelve months. Their programs cater to the specific wellbeing needs of students, helping to create a healthy and harmonious school environment. If you would like to know more about Brainstorm Productions, visit their website at www.brainstormproductions.edu.au
Mrs Clare Cunningham, Head of Year 9 and
Mrs Kate Morrissey, Head of Year 10