Every year our school marks Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness of issues around bullying and to develop courage and integrity among our students.
This year was no different, with students coming to school in a sea of pink clothes and costumes to show their support.
Students in Year 8 designed and ran a special assembly, featuring a skit about bullying, statistics, ways to deal with the issue, and performances shedding light on bullying in a constructive way.
Roimata Callaghan–Brostowe and Jaspreet Kaur spoke about the school’s values of respect and courage and how they align with the ideas behind Pink Shirt Day.
Lucah Lockhart reminded students that it takes courage to ask for help. “There are many people here at school who care about supporting you, and the best person you can speak to in you need help is your tutor teacher,” he said. “Standing together means that as a group we can make it clear that there is no room for bullying.”
Madeleine Johnson-Marsh played the role of the bully in the skit. She was surprised at how it made her feel. “I felt so mean, it was hard to do and made me feel sad. It made me think that maybe the people doing the bullying actually feel sad.”
Students also learned about using their WITS as a way to address the issue:
Walk away. Ignore. Talk it out. Seek help
Mr Hutchinson awarded Pink Shirt Day Certificates to students who had been seen being kind, thoughtful and supportive of others over the last few days. Special congratulations to these students:
- Lia Wang (Year 1) for putting her arm around a friend in need to provide comfort
- Ruha Lee (Year 2) for showing kindness to a younger member of class during a play activity
- Isla Gregg, Hafassah Odumosa and Emily Moss for showing empathy, care and respect to a “student for a day” in their class (Year 4)
- Luca Fuller (Year 8) and Jack McSweeney (Year 7) for encouraging a younger pupil at the Cross Country by running with him and keeping him going
- Summer Fidow (Year 12) for helping a student pack up his equipment so that he could get to work on his calculations.
Although taking part in assembly was a new experience for some of our Year 8s, the sense of satisfaction they gained outweighed any butterflies.
“The highlight was being able to take part in the assembly and do well, and not muck up my part,” Lucah said. “I was a little nervous before speaking, but I’m happy I didn’t make a mistake.”
More than $200 was raised this year for the Mental Health Foundation. Well done to all involved.