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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 13135


Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:52): Recently I visited Brooks High School in Launceston to view a performance of the grade 9/10 production, The Pledge. I must say I was totally blown away by both the talent and the professionalism shown by the students involved. The production was created with the intention of drawing attention to the widespread problem of bullying, including the influence of social media and technology on bullying in the 21st century. The production comprised singing, audio and visual media, dance, drama and live music. It was wonderful to see so many talented young people working together to raise awareness of such an important issue.

The Pledge was a very real and emotive representation of the impact bullying can have, not only on an individual but also on the wider community. I feel certain that with the excellent efforts of young people, such as the students at Brooks High School, public awareness of bullying will improve and help to create a safer, more inclusive society for everyone.

Once again, I congratulate the students and teachers at Brooks High School involved with this important production. It was a pleasure to watch and it conveyed a message that will raise awareness of the real impacts of bullying, both in schools and within the wider community.