Dolly's mum speaks in Isa

Mount Isa School of the Air held their annual home tutor seminar this week


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MISOTA SEMINAR: Keynote speaker Kate Everett from Dolly's Dream Foundation talked to parents and governesses about bullying and cyberbullying. Photo: Melissa North

MISOTA SEMINAR: Keynote speaker Kate Everett from Dolly's Dream Foundation talked to parents and governesses about bullying and cyberbullying. Photo: Melissa North

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Kate Everett from Dolly's Dream Foundation addressed parents and governesses at the annual Mount Isa School of the Air home tutor seminar.

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More than 90 families from outlying stations and properties travelled to Mount Isa this week for the Mount Isa School of the Air annual home tutor seminar.

While the student cohort were engaged at the school base on Abel Smith Parade with regular lessons and hands-on activities such as art, drama and sport, the parents and governesses participated in curriculum workshops.

The seminar keynote speaker on Wednesday was Kate Everett from Dolly's Dream Foundation.

Amy "Dolly" Everett was a student at the Mount Isa School of the Air from 2009-2012.

MISOTA principal Janeen Fricke said the Everetts were a family with the school years ago.

"And then with Dolly's suicide, that was so tragic, it put a focus on bullying, particularly cyberbullying," Ms Fricke said.

"I think it's something many students deal with by themselves; students in boarding school, primary or residential campus' and as parents and governesses we want to ensure we are giving our kids the tools to deal with bullying, especially if they are in situations where they don't have their adult support network close by.

"Our younger students live in isolation and don't have much contact with peers on a daily basis so they can be immune to experiences until they get to face-to-face events," she said.

Kate Everett from the Dolly's Dream Foundation said their aim is to deliver knowledge to communities on bullying issues and strategies for preventing it through cultural change and education.

"Our aim is to help prevent other families from going through what we went through, it's devastating," Ms Everett said.

Our aim is to help prevent other families from going through what we went through - Kate Everett

Dolly's Day was held on Friday May 10 and is an initiative which extends an important message within communities and schools to build on support available for those impacted by bullying.

The seminar ran through to Thursday where attendees listened to another keynote speaker Judi Fallon from the Allanah and Madeline Foundation, participated in workshops such as student wellbeing, coding with Scratch, early childhood education, parenting in a digital world and behavioural responses to trauma.

MISOTA topped off the week of activities and workshops on Friday with their annual sports day.

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