Rally of Respect Fri 12 October 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Students in New Norfolk have been commended for taking a stand against bullying at today's Rally of Respect. The Premier, Lara Giddings, and Education Minister, Nick McKim, joined students, community leaders, councillors and fellow MPs in marching against bullying and discrimination. "This fantastic initiative is made all the more powerful by the fact it has been organised by local students, who are the leaders of tomorrow," Ms Giddings said. "It's great to see young people from all over the Derwent Valley standing up to say loud and clear that bullying and discrimination should not be tolerated. "This is a great example that the rest of the community should follow. "If we all make a stand together whenever we see bullying or discrimination - in schools, workplaces and in the places where we go to play and to relax - we can make a difference." Mr McKim said the Department of Education's Learner Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy is there to ensure that all learning environments are safe, respectful, inclusive and support positive behaviour. Mr McKim said that it is important that early learning centres, schools and colleges are free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. "Bullying in any form is not acceptable in Tasmanian schools and we want to ensure our students and staff are safe," Mr McKim said. "All members of the school community have a right to be safe at school and there is a strong connection between students' wellbeing, behaviour and learning. "Students are more likely to do well and to behave well in a caring, supportive environment where the relationships are respectful."