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One Goal, One Community- Anti-bullying Initiative Progress

The One Goal, One Community Anti-bullying program sustained momentum in the second half of 2010 and continues to be even more successful with participating Gold Coast schools agreeing to work with Dr Amy Kenworthy and her students on this initiative in 2011.  

Pre- and post-initiative data has been collected from approximately 750 Year 4-10 students which is expected to provide some quantitative support for the work undertaken. Dr Kenworthy will also be expanding this initiative overseas and interstate in Australia in 2011.

Dr Kenworthy provided a summary of outcomes from Bond's final semester for 2010:

  • Our final number of commitments for the semester 103 "One Goal, One Community" initiative was 12,120 people;
  • We had 5,920 students commit to engaging in anti-bullying behaviours, 2,416 anti-bullying pledges/signatures that the elementary and high school students secured on their own, 1,830 pledges/signatures that my students secured through personal contacts, and 1,954 pledges/signatures from local businesses;
  • We had 117 local organisations/businesses support and participate in the initiative;
  • During the 3+ weeks from October 29-November 22, we collectively performed 20 anti-bullying presentations to 5,920 students from 11 schools in the local region;
  • We distributed over 24,000 anti-bullying "One Goal, One Community" wristbands into the local community;
  • For the first time in the history of this region, all 10 of the State schools in the Exit 92 region (encompassing Coolangatta, Currumbin, Elanora, Palm Beach, Tugun and Tallebudgera) worked together on a project - this "One Goal, One Community" project. We also had a mix of state schools and a private school working together when St. Andrews Lutheran (in Tallebudgera) joined us - again, a first for this region;
  • Toni Robinson, Principal from Tallebudgera State School said, "this is the best anti-bullying program I have ever seen";
  • We had an additional 10,971 commitments in our semester 101 Varsity-based program. That means that to date (spanning just over 8 months), locally in the southern gold coast region, we have involved over 23,000 people in this Bond University-based, now international, anti-bullying initiative.

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