Veresdale Scrub student's anti-bullying poster makes prize shortlist

FINALIST: Cheyanne Streeter is a finalist in an anti-bullying competition. Photo: Supplied

FINALIST: Cheyanne Streeter is a finalist in an anti-bullying competition. Photo: Supplied

VERESDALE Scrub student Cheyanne Streeter has been named a finalist in an anti-bullying poster competition.

Run by relationship service provider Interrelate, the Say No To Bullying poster competition encourages young people to express their feelings through art in a supervised and safe environment.

Ms Streeter from Veresdale Scrub State School has been recognised as one of the 41 finalists in a special online event broadcasted nationally on Friday, June 26.

With personal distancing restrictions and closed borders, the planned annual Awards Ceremony at NSW Government House could no longer go ahead, leading Interrelate to turn to online measures to host a digital event.

Present online were finalists, Margaret Beazley QC, New South Wales Governor Sarah Mitchell, Education Minister Patricia Occelli, Interrelate executive and competition sponsors Faber-Castell for the event broadcast on YouTube Premiere.

"Helping young people to develop respectful relationships, with self, others and their environment is one of our key concerns and the driver for us creating this competition seven years ago," Ms Occelli said.

"In times of stress, it becomes even more important to help our young people develop strategies to manage difficult situations and ensure that they are able to respond with respect and understanding.

"Our poster competition helps children express themselves through art, which can get them to start talking and open the door for further conversations.".

Ms Streeter's poster was one of the artworks chosen as a finalist from more than 5000 posters received from more than 100 schools around the country.

Ms Streeter said the theme for this year's competition was "Celebrate our differences and make our world a more colourful place".

"My poster shows two people uniting with love so we can make a difference and surround our world with colour and happiness." she said.

Interrelate's head of social enterprise Jared Ingle said as the world had to adapt quickly to social distancing, home-schooling and working from home, the organisation acted quickly to ensure that this important message could still be carried to Australia's primary school students.

"It was imperative to our team that we maintained the engagement of schools and students in this important message," he said.

"With the support of the education minister and event sponsors Faber-Castell, the children have been able to participate in an exciting new experience that has reached students across Australia through online technology."