Art for the ages

St Joseph’s Primary School student Mikaela McGill was caught by total surprise when the Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley AC QC, recently announced her as the winner of a national competition.

Mikaela took out the top gong for Interrelate’s Say No to Bullying poster competition, with her artwork including the words “Responsible for your actions, respect others, respect yourself”.

“I’m very happy and excited,” Mikaela says of the achievement.

Each year the students attending the Charlestown school are encouraged to participate in the competition. School principal, Kate Drake says the school is very proud of Mikaela.

“The artwork showcases her deep understanding of the need for respectful relationships and her hope-filled spirit has shone through in her detailed and creative poster.”

And while it was Mikaela who took out the award, Mrs Drake says the benefits of the competition apply to all the students who take part.
“It gives them the freedom to illustrate the adverse effects that bullying can have on people and it also helps them to create messages of hope and positivity that challenge injustice and promote respect, fairness and kindness in our world.”


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Lizzie Watkin

Lizzie is Team Leader Content for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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