Schools across HWDSB were busy during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Nov. 19-23) with a range of creative, thought-provoking and culture-changing activities.
Allan A. Greenleaf students forming a giant blue peace sign.
A few examples include:
- Rosedale elementary held daily morning assemblies with student presentations, videos, and follow-up small group discussions in classrooms. The week culminated in a spirit day, as students wore the school colour (red) as a show of unity against bullying. Rosedale also created a bullying survey for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 about where bullying occurs and which grade/gender is mostly affected.
- Lawfield’s Grade 1 students wrote and delivered the morning announcements while Grade 6 students wrote and performed skits for younger students. The entire school signed a pledge to Stand Up Against Bullying.
- Collegiate Avenue had students create and display one-of-a-kind anti-bullying posters.
- Sir Wilfrid Laurier started the week with a purple and yellow pride event, had students imprint their hand on a banner that read “Hand in Hand We Stand Against Bullying," had older students paint two fingernails pink so they could make the peace sign and statement.
- Waterdown High’s Equity Club planned a week of events. Students signed a Charter of Compassion, voted on some stunning anti-bullying posters created by a photography class, wore black and pink, and aired video clips performed by drama students.
- Churchill secondary’s peer mentorship and leadership group, The Churchill Chariots, planned a month of activities they called Knowvember. It included announcements, workshops, artistic displays, fundraising for outside agencies, guest speakers and more. Themes for each week included LGBTQ Awareness, Race/Cultural Awareness, Violence Prevention and Mental Health and Disabilities Awareness.
- At Mountain View a Board expert on school climate met with primary, junior and intermediate classes to discuss a plan to implement a Stop, Start, Continue ‘circle’ to build a bully-free zone at the school.
- At Huntington, staff announcements highlighted the theme all week while encouraging students to wear pink. They created a video montage of staff and students pledging their commitment to anti-bullying.
- At Orchard Park, the anti-bullying week included grade assemblies run by Rising Stars empowering each student to stand up, a school-wide anti-bullying quiz, Grade 9 workshops run by student leaders focusing on the impact of bullying and the need for change, classroom pledges by each classroom, as well as daily announcements focusing on various bullying concepts and statistics.
- Ancaster High’s week of activities included a thought for the day to share with the class, pink posters to advertise Pink Day, anti-bullying messages shared in the cafeteria, students who drew a heart on the top of their hand to remember to stand up to bullying, a daily slideshow in the cafeteria and meaningful songs over the PA.
- Adelaide Hoodless wanted to focus on inclusion and community building, with assemblies for all students, random acts of kindness, pledges to the school community, lessons about friendship and inclusion, as well as kindergarten classes that baked gingerfriends for the entire school.
- At Woodward School, each day begins with a short assembly, and the theme was about who can stop bullying and how to do so. Classes did follow-up activities, and students shared ideas during assembly. There was also a Wear Pink Day and special video presentations.
- Eastdale did daily announcements and PSAs by Grade 8 students, and held a parent information evening.
- Flamborough Centre’s week included random acts of kindness for entry into a raffle, student presentations on anti-bullying, class quilts created from paper with an anti-bullying theme, and student leaders visiting classes to present, read stories and more.
- Allan A. Greenleaf’s activities included: a kick-off assembly, all students putting a thumb print on an anti-bullying pledge, a Pink Day, classes given strips of construction paper when they are seen being kind, so they can build a creation reaction of kindness, and more.
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