Bullying-Free NZ Awards 2018

We asked schools and students to use creative media to depict their interpretation of the theme 'Let's Talk About It!' Check out the winning entries and others that received a special merit award or were highly commended.

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The Bullying-Free NZ Week Awards 2018 asked students and schools to use creative media to depict their interpretation of the theme for this year’s Bullying-Free NZ Week Let’s Talk About It!. Students produced videos, composed songs, made PowerPoint presentations, or created written or art works to show what bullying is about, and what it meant to them personally.

Congratulations to everyone who entered.

The standard of entries was exceptional and demonstrated the tremendous work and effort by students and staff. The judges were impressed with the level of understanding of bullying behaviour, and the clarity of the messages included in the entries.

Entries were judged in three age groups: Junior (Years 1-6), Intermediate (Years 7-8), and Senior (Years 9-13), and across three categories: print, PowerPoint, and performance.

When considering the entries, the judges looked at the simplicity, clarity and impact of the message, the understanding of bullying behaviour demonstrated by students, and the originality of their approach. 

Our winners, special merit awards and highly commended

Take a look and be inspired! All the winners are great examples of student voice, classroom activities, and the fantastic work of these schools in bullying prevention.

Performance category

Print category

PowerPoint category

Bullying Prevention Superstars 2018


For the first time, schools could nominate a ‘Bullying Prevention Superstar’ – a person or group who had made a real difference to bullying prevention and response in their school. 

Students led the way, taking top honours on behalf of their schools.

Year 12 Health Studies, Papanui High School

Year 12 students focused on bullying as part of their assessment for health studies. They undertook a range of actions to target verbal bullying. Students:

  • surveyed their peers
  • spoke at assemblies
  • developed an anti-bullying campaign, including posters and interactive activities
  • liaised with their school’s health teachers, dean and principal, and
  • delivered classes to Year 10 students.

Their work stressed the importance of students as role models and drivers for change, providing a better connection between students on the subject of bullying.

Read more about their work at Papanui High School.

Year 12 students at Papanui High School target verbal bullying

Jess Price and Grace Bell, Amuri Area School

Head students Jess Price and Grace Bell took a lead role in planning and running workshops with each primary class to talk about bullying and how to get help. They also co-ordinated plans for Bullying-Free Week and ran a Rainbow Bake Sale for Pink Shirt Day.

Jess and Grace think being ‘bully-free’ needs to be advocated all of the time.  They plan to run activities each term – not only to raise awareness, but to maintain awareness.

Amuri Area School Rainbow Bake Sale raised over $230 for Pink Shirt Day