Friday 15 March was the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a College developing gentle men, we take this issue very seriously and the College Captains and Wellbeing Captains got together to develop a whole school response to this issue. They began with developing a video for the College community titled ‘Call it out, so we can cut it out’. This video was shown to all students in their Pastoral Care groups on Wednesday 13 March. The aim of this video was to bring to the attention of the community, especially the students, that it is everyone’s responsibility to play a role in creating a bully-free environment at Whitefriars College and that being a bystander is not acceptable.
Here is a link to the video: youtube
The second activity the students planned, which occurred on Thursday 14 March, was to ask each Pastoral Care class to come up with a pledge statement about how to create a bully-free environment. The purpose of this activity was to engage all students in developing an anti-bullying charter, a commitment to zero tolerance of bullying in our community. The penultimate activity was a lesson created by the student leaders for the Wellbeing classroom on Friday 15 March exploring different examples of bullying and how to respond if these situations were to arise. Finally, the day culminated in a BBQ lunch.
I would like to thank Student Activities Coordinator, Kelly Hoinville, College Captains, Nicholas Beltrami, Alex Vander and Ronan Oppy as well as Wellbeing Captains Matthew Tapley and Jonathan Bingley for their hard work and initiative in planning this very important student-led response to bullying. Also, a thank you to Pastoral Care Teachers who supported the students in these activities throughout the week.