IN BRIEF

Help to protect kids

A personal safety initiative developed by child protection advocate Bravehearts will be rolled-out to every government primary school to keep kids safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault.

Set to educate about 195,000 students from kindergarten to Year 2, the Ditto in a Box education pack teaches personal safety skills, and underpins children's instinctive understandings and feelings in a way that is non-confronting, safe and highly effective.

Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery will deliver the resource to Willmot Public School this Friday during school assembly.

Funds to stop violence

Evocca College Mt Druitt raised more than $200 for the Red Brigade — an organisation that teaches communities about the devastating effects of violence against women through workshops, education and self-defence classes.

Community Services branch manager Heath Savage first learnt about the cause through a student whose mother, Cheryl Lynch-Gardner, is a martial arts instructor who regularly travels to India to teach self-defence to girls and women at risk of sexual violence.

Students and staff gave a gold coin donation for a workshop on sexual violence and a martial arts class held at the branch.

Measles vaccination

Western Sydney Local Health District is offering a free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation for high school students.

Up to 40 per cent of NSW students may be missing doses of MMR.

Details: health.nsw.gov.au/measles.

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