Schools throughout the Halton District School Board have numerous activities and initiatives planned for November 19-25, 2017 to recognize the Ontario Ministry of Education's designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The goal of these activities is to encourage and promote respect for everyone while increasing awareness and prevention of bullying.
“The Halton District School Board is always proud to highlight Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week," says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “Students must feel welcomed, safe and secure in their schools in order to be motivated to achieve success. We strive to emphasize to our students and staff, not just during this week but throughout the year, that we all have a role in showing respect for each other. We are always working toward creating a culture of inclusion for all of our students."
Schools are hosting various events and activities during the week of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week as well as throughout the month of November. These include:
• M.M. Robinson High School (Burlington): Staff will be providing students and other staff members with envouraging messages followed by a discussion about the positive impact of this activity; students will watch bullying prevention videos and participate in a question-and-answer session. On Thursday, Nov. 23, the school is having a 'Pink Shirt and Resource Day', in which everyone is encouraged to wear pink to show unity and support for all members of the school community.
• Georgetown District High School (Halton Hills): The school's GSA and Gender Studies Class is honouring the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday, Nov. 21. As well, it is screening the documentary Bully for Grade 10 students and the Social Justice League has organized lunch time activities to build a mural of positive messages.
• Brookville Public School (Milton): Grade 7 and 8 students have formed an 'Allies Team', which provides students with mediation strategies. During the week, the team will visit classes to share information and strategies on how to respond to bullying.
• Pine Grove Public School (Oakville): The school is recognizing and celebrating the week as 'PEACE Week'. Activities include holding a 'KIND Campaign' assembly for female students Grades 6 to 8, with the focus on bullying prevention among and between girls. A workshop will be provided for male intermediate students to discuss healthy and supportive relationships and bullying prevention strategies.
The Halton District School Board is committed to empowering students and staff to stand up to bullying and inequity, as well as standing together to build safe, equitable, caring and inclusive environments in all schools throughout the school year.
For additional information, contact:
Jason Misner, Communications Officer
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663; Toll free: 1-877-618-3456