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Four bright children's drawings with anti bullying messages.

Spread the Word: Bayside’s Upstanders Project 2024

Anti-bullying street art exhibition by Bayside primary students

Spread the Word is a collaborative project between renowned local artist and educator Noni Drew and a network of five schools across Bayside who are part of ‘The Upstanders’ community.

Drew led workshops with 100 grade five students who each created graphic slogans against bullying, culminating in a street exhibition across the Bayside municipality from 5 February until 18 March. 

Now in its 11th year, the annual Upstanders program invites young people to upskill their knowledge on social and emotional learning and exercise their creative talents in spreading positive community messages.

This year, the students were challenged to take their message to the broader Bayside Community beyond their school by producing anti-bullying slogans that will be featured on footpaths in each of the major shopping districts.

Their works are aimed at inspiring fellow students, and our community, to speak up, find their voice, and support each other. The participants were encouraged to develop important values such as kindness, integrity, respect and fairness and put them into practice.

Schools involved in the project include; Beaumaris Primary School, Brighton Beach Primary School, Hampton Primary School, Sandringham Primary School, and Sandringham East Primary School.

The designs are installed in multiple locations in each of the major shopping precincts including

  • Martin Street, Brighton
  • Church Street, Brighton
  • Bay Street, Brighton
  • Highett Road
  • Sandringham Village
  • Hampton Street
  • Beaumaris Concourse
  • Black Rock Village

We encourage you to find the various artworks across the municipality and be inspired by Bayside’s young Upstanders and their powerful messages against bullying.

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