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Media Release

National Safe Schools Competition

14 August 2007

Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced the details of a National Safe Schools Competition, to build on the success of the 2007 National Safe Schools Week earlier this year.

“The National Safe Schools Competition will involve students submitting essays which outline why their school is a leading example of a safe and supportive school. The competition will acknowledge and celebrate the excellent work that many schools are undertaking to create safe and supportive environments,” Minister Bishop said.

The competition reflects the Australian Government’s continued commitment to promoting safe schools and continues the momentum created by the successful National Safe Schools Week initiative.

“National Safe Schools Week 2007 ran from 25 May - 1 June and focused on the efforts of schools to provide students with a learning environment free from all forms of bullying, harassment, violence, abuse and neglect,” Minister Bishop said.

“The National Safe Schools Competition further celebrates the achievements of many schools and school communities across Australia.

“The competition is now open and will close at midnight on 30 September 2007. I encourage all schools to participate.”

The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in the government and non-government sectors. Prizes include $5,000 each for the two winning schools, $2,000 each for the eight runner-up schools, and iPods for all ten student finalists.

More information regarding the National Safe Schools Competition can be found at:

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

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