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Old 03-06-2014, 12:09 PM
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Yes, MaggieDenmark, her Danish is very good indeed.

Mary said basically how it pleased her that the Free From Bullying concept is being implemented at this school, and in particular during the first year at school.
The children were from 0 grade/preschoolers.

We also saw a demonstration of the mutual massage, while the children listened to a story. - That kind of grooming works fine amongst apes in order to create cohesion and harmony within a flock, so it's logic that it will work just as well among humans.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:48 PM
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wonderful pics

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love the look between the little girl and Mary
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:55 PM
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Thanks, Roskilde.

Yes, the Australian inspired Free From Bullying concept has been universally adopted and implemented by the kindergartens.

But the schools are still lacking behind it has emerged. All schools are by law obliged to formulate a policy against bullying. However, the requirements are very low.
That can go from the school stating publicly: "Thou shall not bully" (I'm serious)! - to an entire apparatus with specialists ready to step in, including a variant of the Free From Bullying concept.
As such bullying is still pretty widespread in schools and what is worse, many schools opt to close their eyes to the problem. Combatting bullying takes an effort and claim resources and it's annoying to deal with denying parents, who will not realise that their little prodigy is fully capable of being nasty.
It's better in private schools because there the school boards are directly responsible to paying parents.
Wonderful pictures and important topic.

You are quite right Muhler. My children are 11 and 9 and both were bullied last year. I had to battle my daughter's teacher to properly deal with the girl involved. She stunbled around and wouldn't reprimand her and so it continued until I put a strongly worded email to her and supervisor.

With my son who is younger, he was bullied and isolated terribly all last year and again I had to jump up and down. In the end I said I would be removing him from the school if I wasn't given an assurance that changes would be made. Finally, the boy who bullied suddenly left the school.

My problem is that they attend an expensive private school so I expect these things to be dealt with better. I have learnt to be more assertive in getting the problems fixed. But it seems that all the rhetoric surrounding bullying isn't always supported by action to deal with it.

Mary's program isn't a part of the schools I know but I would love for something similiar to be rolled out here. As long as it is actually followed through!

Sorry to ramble!
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:17 AM
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My problem is that they attend an expensive private school so I expect these things to be dealt with better.

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Bullying in private schools is unfortunately 'brushed under the rug' to avoid damaging the school's reputation a lot of the time. Public schools, at least from what I've read and seen, are much more pro-active with their bullying stance because they get their funding from the government.

I remember several years ago, one of my aunts telling my mother about an incident at her children's private school - a preppy was being bullied, hated going to school, would scream bloody murder whenever her mother dropper her off. The mother had spoken to the school on multiple occasions but the school denied the bullying. One day shortly after drop-off, the mother got a phone call from the school telling her to meet the teacher and first aid officer at the Royal Children's Hospital because her daughter had been stabbed with a pair of scissors. Only then was the bullying addressed.

I'm glad that more and more schools in Denmark are taking on the free from bullying approach. There cannot be enough education about this issue, especially from a young age. Ingrain it into the children early and it's more likely that bullying will decrease as they move up through school levels.
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:23 AM
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Bullying in private schools is unfortunately 'brushed under the rug' to avoid damaging the school's reputation a lot of the time. Public schools, at least from what I've read and seen, are much more pro-active with their bullying stance because they get their funding from the government.

I remember several years ago, one of my aunts telling my mother about an incident at her children's private school - a preppy was being bullied, hated going to school, would scream bloody murder whenever her mother dropper her off. The mother had spoken to the school on multiple occasions but the school denied the bullying. One day shortly after drop-off, the mother got a phone call from the school telling her to meet the teacher and first aid officer at the Royal Children's Hospital because her daughter had been stabbed with a pair of scissors. Only then was the bullying addressed.

I'm glad that more and more schools in Denmark are taking on the free from bullying approach. There cannot be enough education about this issue, especially from a young age. Ingrain it into the children early and it's more likely that bullying will decrease as they move up through school levels.
What an awful situation for the young girl. I agree that the reputation protection can be a factor in some schools. My children were at a state/public school first and anti-bullying education was more formalised/state-wide, although not Mary's program. That said, there was still the mantra "no bullying" but it did exist and was tolerated until called on.

I certainly hope that as the generations grow up with a less tolerant approach to bullying that there will be a shift in attitudes. The stories that you hear from people who have been bullied are very sad and leave a life long mark on the victim.

I applaud Mary for shining a light on the problem.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:13 AM
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Terrible stories, LadyRosie & JezzRulz

Well, the only thing private schools in particular really fear is publicity. Bad publicity works and nowadays with the social media it ought to be easier to put focus on the problems.
The problem with many private schools is of course that if your child is new, then you are a new costumer and the other parents are old costumers, and you know old costumers tend to get more leash.
I think it's important to put your foot down from day one and make it clear to the school that bullying must be addressed.
Another too frequent problem with private schools is that the schoolboard often know some of the parents on a personal level and that's even worse.

However, if we were to move to a city, there is no way we would put our daughter in a public school, to many problems with the pupils (and parents!), underfunding and often burned out or secondary quality teachers. She would be send to a private school, even if we had to "shop schools" for the first year.
The public schools in the countryside and in smaller towns can be very good, but not in the cities.

We can hope, and I believe it will, that with the Free From Bullying being implemented in the kindergartens that it will gradually deminish bullying as these children start in school.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:07 AM
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Mary's speech can be found (in Danish) on the Mary Foundation's homepage:
Præsentation af Fri for Mobberi Universet | MaryFonden.dk

The homepage has a gallery too:
Præsentation af Fri for Mobberi Universet | MaryFonden.dk

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These are indeed some tough stories, Lady Rosie & JezzRulz.

Do you know how widespread the Australian "Free of Bullying" program is in Australia? I guess it's that program Mary was inspired by to the Danish "Free of Bullying"? Or am I wrong..

The reason I ask is that The Royal Court has just publicly made ​​that Mary with the Mary Foundation will make at 2-days visit to Estonia on 1-2th April, where she will visit and experience how they use the "Free of Bullying" program. In Estonia more than half of all kindergartens in the country use the anti-bullying program. Pretty impressive.
http://kongehuset.dk/Menu/nyheder/hk...beri-i-estland

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Old 03-07-2014, 04:01 PM
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Mary's speech can be found (in Danish) on the Mary Foundation's homepage:
Præsentation af Fri for Mobberi Universet | MaryFonden.dk

The homepage has a gallery too:
Præsentation af Fri for Mobberi Universet | MaryFonden.dk

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These are indeed some tough stories, Lady Rosie & JezzRulz.

Do you know how widespread the Australian "Free of Bullying" program is in Australia? I guess it's that program Mary was inspired by to the Danish "Free of Bullying"? Or am I wrong..

The reason I ask is that The Royal Court has just publicly made ​​that Mary with the Mary Foundation will make at 2-days visit to Estonia on 1-2th April, where she will visit and experience how they use the "Free of Bullying" program. In Estonia more than half of all kindergartens in the country use the anti-bullying program. Pretty impressive.
H.K.H. Kronprinsessen besøger Fri for Mobberi i Estland - Kongehuset
Roskilde, here is a link to the program I think the Mary Foundation refers to here in Australia:

Bullying. No Way!

I don't think the program and it's teaching are as ingrained here as in DK.
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Roskilde, here is a link to the program I think the Mary Foundation refers to here in Australia:
Bullying. No Way!
I thought it was The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
https://www.amf.org.au/
One of Mary's patronages.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:15 AM
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I thought it was The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
https://www.amf.org.au/
One of Mary's patronages.
Nordic, I looked into the amf program when exploring resources for us here at home. You are right that Mary is patron and has the anti-violence/bullying stand because of the young girls who are it's namesake and of course Mary's connection to Tasmania.

The only reason I wasn't sure is because amf isn't so prominent at the government/private schools here in New South Wales. My kids had the Bullying No Way program.

I do hope the DK version is the amf program as it seems more nurturing. Again that takes the commitment of the school/staff to put it into practice.

Maybe I need to agitate for a better system here in New South Wales.
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I do hope the DK version is the amf program as it seems more nurturing. Again that takes the commitment of the school/staff to put it into practice.
From the Mary Foundation Free of Bullying | MaryFonden.dk

"Free of Bullying has been developed on the initiative of Crown Princess Mary and was inspired by the Better Buddies programme introduced by the Australian organisation The Alannah and Madeline Foundation"
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:40 AM
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i love these gifs

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Old 03-14-2014, 09:57 AM
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And ending this weeks summaries.

Billed Bladet #11, 2014.
Written by Marianne Singer.

Together with the Minister for Education Mary arrived at Sundbyøster School. Outside hordes of children were waiting with their phones in hand chanting: "Mary, Mary, Mary".
She shook hands with a number of the children before going inside to learn how the school has implemented a digital version of Free from Bullying. As such the secretary general of the Save the Children Denmark, Mimi Jacobsen was there. As well as the manager of the Mary Foundation, Helle Østergaard and the local mayor managed to slip in as well.

The school put particular emphasis on installing into the children that they should be good and considerate mates from the day they start at the school, in particular at 0. grade and Mary was shown how that works in real life by 0 graders from two classes.

After having bid welcome by the principal Mary entered the rostrum and her speech was partly directed at the children: "Goodmorning 0. graders". Who responded with a loud: "Goooodmorning".
Then Mary went on to say: "I'm sorry I'm not wearing a big dress. I could tell that it was a bit dissapointing for some that it is only a skirt. But perhaps next time.
Here at Sundbyøster School Free From Bullying is a natural part of your first year at school. You talk about what it means to feel left out and how you are a good friend in your class. You know that it sometimes takes courage when you have to say no on behalf of yourself or someone else, if something unfair is going on - And you are used to fetching Teddy-friend if someone from the class needs to be comforted. In a way you have helped creating a good and funny class from the first day in school".
Mary continued talking about how the new system works in practice.

Afterwards the children showed her a number of gettogether games and mutual massaging while listening to a story.

Afterwards Mary said to our reporter: "It's delightful to see Free From Bullying in action and to see how they have embraced it, how they co-operate and how well they feel when together. And as the teacher responsible for Free From Bullying at the school said, they are very fond of getting the digital univers".

Are the children at home at Amalienborg confident with digital media?
M: "Yes, that you must say. They are well vered in the use of digital media, just like practically all other chidlre their age. And the twins are sitting looking on over the shoulders and (they) already are in full control of the movements needed to control the iPad. That's very important because the digital will become an important part of their lives".

Are they thriwing?
M: "As all parents your biggest fear is that your child will be bullied or will bully someone. It's very important that you are aware of the behavior of your children; are they thriwing, are they happy, does their belly ache each morning. It's important to talk with them; to listen to what they have been doing at school".

Trangårdsskolen, where Christian and Bella are going also use the Free From Bullying concept.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:34 AM
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BB has a video of Mary meating children from the local American National Hemophilia Foundation. VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary mødte amerikanske bløderbørn | Billed Bladet

As our long-haired reporter tells us, the children were a bit shy and practiced how to greet a genuine Crown Princess prior to Mary coming. And when Mary came things went smoothly.

Mary chatted with the children and parents about what they were doing at school and in their spare time.

This of course had an alterior motive, if you are to be cynical. Because as usual Mary is also helping Danish commerce. The Danish medical giant, Novo Nordisk has for years had a fruitful co-operation with the National Hemophilia Foundation.
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tomorrow morning mary will help packing the backpacks the mary foundation gives to all the kids if they come to shelters..the backpacks are very popular among the kids and give them some joy when their life is difficult..mary will packs the backpacks in legoland along with employees from lego..

http://kongehuset.dk/Menu/nyheder/pa...sakke-hos-lego
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Perhaps this is a question most to the Danish members...

Now that Mary has an event at 9 am tomorrow morning in Billund, Jutland. When do you think she leaves from Copenhagen? Do you think she'll leave here tonight so she can be ready tomorrow morning or will she simply travels from Copenhagen early tomorrow morning (I guess about 6 am) so she can reach Billund in time by car. Or maybe she can take a morning flight to Billund Airport from Copenhagen Airport?
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Perhaps this is a question most to the Danish members...

Now that Mary has an event at 9 am tomorrow morning in Billund, Jutland. When do you think she leaves from Copenhagen? Do you think she'll leave here tonight so she can be ready tomorrow morning or will she simply travels from Copenhagen early tomorrow morning (I guess about 6 am) so she reach Billund in time by car. Or maybe she can take a morning flight to Billund Airport from Copenhagen Airport?
Don't think she'll go by car. That's three hours drive in the middle of the morning rushhour.
More likely she'll catch a flight to Billund. But my best guess is that she'll hitch a ride on a helicopter to Air Station Karup and drive from there. There are daily flights to Army Operational Command which is located there.
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Here are the first pics of the mentioned packing of the Mary Foundation backpacks for children at LEGO in Billund today:



** seoghoer.dk: Se Mary pakke rygsække ** translation **


** pp gallery: Mary de Danemark : Chez LEGO, la princesse prépare soigneusement son sac à dos **
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Nice, and Mary looks absolutely delightful.


Here are a gallery from sn.dk

Se billederne: Mary pakkede rygsække hos LEGO - sn.dk - sn.dk - Danmark


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Article and video from Billedbladet: VIDEO: Kronprinsesse Mary pakkede rygsække til voldsramte børn | Billed Bladet



The afternoon news at TV2 has just been shown. They covered Marys packing and had a small interview with her.

After Mary had helped packing at the LEGO visit, she visited the International School in Billund. That's why some of the pictures are from a school. That visit wasn't in the original/official program.

Gallery from jv.dk
jv.dk - Nyheder - Billund - Mary tog en tørn for de voldsramte børn

BT.dk video
Mary pakker rygsækken for kriseramte børn | Mary pakker rygsækken for kriseramte børn - Royale | www.bt.dk

Article from Tvsyd (saying more can be seen in their evening news)
Kronprinsesse Mary pakkede rygsække til børn på krisecentre - tvsyd.dk - TV SYD - Nyheder - Lokal - Billund
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Thanks Roskilde.

Some may ask themselves why there is an interational school in Billund of all places.
Because LEGO employ quite a number of foreign designers, constructors and administrative staff at the HQ and Billund Airport is expanding, which means more international employees.
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