Pink Shirt Day 2019
Superior North Catholic District School Board celebrated Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink to symbolize that we do not tolerate bullying.
Pink Shirt Day is on February 27 and was started in 2007 after a group of students stood up for a grade 9 student in Nova Scotia who was bullied after wearing a pink shirt. The focus this year is Cyberbullying.
The dawn of social media brought with it a whole new way to interact, communicate, and even bully. But in this digital world where filtered photos and crafted messages can be posted in an instant, it often takes more time and effort to say something mean than it does to say something nice. Kindness requires no manipulation, no focusing on the negatives, and no filtering of yourself. It’s simply, truly nice. For social media users, we want them to THINK before they post. We want them to ask themselves if it is: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and KIND. For more information visit www.pinkshirtday.ca
St. Edward Catholic School in Nipigon took part in activities that focused on the importance of being kind to one another as we reflect on why we wear pink today. Students were able to write about and draw pictures that represent what "Being Kind" means to them.
Students at St. Hilary Catholic School in Red Rock created posters and wore pink to recognize this important day.
Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Geraldton learned what bullying looks like and what they can do to prevent it. Some classes did skits, some watched videos and others drew and colored pictures on bullying.
The St. Brigid Catholic School Bison marked Pink Shirt day with a series of thoughtful and reflective activities including creating a paper chain of positive affirmations and things that we can do to help stop bullying. They designed their own pink shirts and used a crumpled paper heart to show how nothing can ever really take away the hurt the bullying causes. A highlight of the day was a staff vs students floor hockey game: all students, K-8, took on the teachers and showed empathy, compassion, teamwork and respect as they worked together to edge out the teachers.
Grades 3-6 students at St. Martin Catholic School in Terrace Bay worked together to create skits that solved a variety of bullying issues.
Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School faced Anti-Bullying Day by wearing pink and celebrating the Virtue Of Compassion. The day had each class participating in various classroom activities hosted by their classroom teachers that emphasized being compassionate. The day culminated with a celebration of the Virtue of Compassion within the school and emphasized the power that compassion has against bullying.
Staff and students at Holy Angels Catholic School in Schreiber wore pink and talked about being kind even when we didn’t feel like it. They learned about standing up for others, talked about how they can bring others up or down and they made a point to THINK before they post on social media (is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind)
Constable Peter Bertin from Marathon OPP Detachment visited Holy Saviour Catholic School on " PINK SHIRT DAY" to talk to students about the importance of being kind and understanding and the impact that actions and words can have toward others.
Catholic Education Centre staff wore pink to stand up against bullying online and in our schools and workplaces.
"Thanks to all who wore pink to shed light on an important topic - bullying. A young boy's experience in Nova Scotia has brought national awareness of something that is hurtful and unfortunately exists in the world. Our staff and students deserve to work and learn in an environment free of bullying and harassment. We should remember the essence of today everyday. As a Catholic school system, civility and respect are part of the values we believe. Those beliefs should be evident in our professional relationships and responsibilities." - Maria Vasanelli, Interim Director of Education
"Together We Educate Heart Mind and Soul."