Tamworth high schools tackling problem of violence

By Kylie Galbraith
Nanjing Night Net

TWO of Tamworth’s biggest high schools have joined forces as part

of a prominent anti-violence


White Ribbon Day is on Sunday, a day at the centre of a male-led initiative that works to prevent male violence against women.

Today Tamworth High and Oxley High will meet on the rugby league field to show their commitment to the cause and encourage their peers to take the message on board.

The boys involved have spent the past few months raising money for the White Ribbon organisation, with some funds going to the Tamworth Women’s Refuge, and speaking to their mates and primary-aged students about the anti-violence message.

The White Ribbon league game was initiated two years ago, under a slightly different format, and it’s likely to be standing-room only at Wests today.

The whole of Tamworth High will be attending, as will students from Tamworth South, Westdale and Tamworth Public schools.

On Wednesday the teams were at Tamworth High for a barbecue and to receive their commemorative shirts.

Tamworth High’s Jaryd Stevens said the players were looking forward to the game and appreciated its significance.

“It’s great to get the awareness (of White Ribbon Day) out there and let everyone know how important the message is,” he said.

Kate McCrohan, a head teacher at Tamworth High, said the boys had taken charged of the project, speaking in the media and attending Tamworth South recently to talk to students.

“This is about speaking up for other people,” she said.

“The boys have to take the lead, because they’re who the message is aimed at.” Oxley High School’s Clontarf Foundation, a nationwide movement aimed at helping indigenous boys get back to school, has assisted with the organisation of the league game as well.

It’s clear, too, the students’ efforts in past weeks have had an impact on others in the school community.

Tamworth High’s Dilon Bateman is using White Ribbon Day as the inspiration for an art project, with a Tamworth High football jersey and photos from today’s game the central feature.

The game will kick off at Wests at 1.30pm.

SPREADING THE WORD: From left, Tamworth High’s Jarmarley Jerrard, Jaryd Stevens and Mitchell Doring team up with Oxley High’s Bradley Way and Mark Alford at Tamworth High on Wednesday. Things will be different today when the two teams go head-to-head at Wests as part of a White Ribbon Day initiative. Photo: Robert Chappel 211112RCD06

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