Six area schools re­ceive safe, car­ing awards

Stu­dents wear pink to mark Stand Up to Bul­ly­ing Day

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It was an­nounced Feb. 27 dur­ing Stand Up to Bul­ly­ing Day that six schools in this re­gion have won 2013 Safe and Car­ing Schools Spe­cial Project Awards.

They in­clude Amal­ga­mated Academy in Bay Roberts for a project called “High to Success;” Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate for “Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate ME Men­tors;” Epiphany Ele­men­tary in Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton, Acreman Ele­men­tary in Green’s Har­bour and Perlwin Ele­men­tary in Win­ter­ton for “Monthly Char­ac­ter Ed­u­ca­tion;” and Holy Redeemer Ele­me­men­tary in Spa­niard’s Bay for “Re­spect Week; Re­in­forc­ing our Be­hav­iour Ma­trix.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­ist er Clyde Jack­man an­nounced dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Marys­town that a t o t a l of 43 scho o l s had won awards, which are val­ued at up to $500.

Th­ese awards are in recog­ni­tion of cre­ative ef­forts to pro­mote schools as safe and car­ing places to learn and grow. The award fund­ing, to­talling $21,500, is be­ing used for a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote in­clu­sion and re­spec t , such as drama, mu­si­cal and multi- me­dia pro­duc­tions, vis­ual art projects or aware­ness days.

The an­nounce­ment was part of “Pink Day,” which saw stude n t s a n d staff at schools through­out the province don pink shirts in a uni­fied ef­fort to ad­dress bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment.

“To­day, as school com­mu­ni­ties across the province take a st a n d aga i n st b u l l y i n g a n d ha­rass­ment, I take the op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late all school ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers and stu­dents who are cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing safe, re­spect­ful and in­clu­sive l earn­ing en­vi­ron­ments,” said Jack­man. “Peo­ple are talk­ing about this is­sue ; ac­tion is be­ing t aken , a n d to­gether our ef­forts are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

The Safe and Car­ing Schools Pol­icy was in­tro­duced in 2006 as part of the pro­vin­cial government’s Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Ini­tia­tive. Over the years, the ini­tia­tive has been proac­tive in de­vel­op­ing pro­grams aimed at early in­ter­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion on vi­o­lence preven­tion.

In Novem­ber 2012, the pro­vin­cial government an­nounced it is plan­ning to strengthen the way the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem re­ports, and re­sponds to, in­ci­dents of bul­ly­ing and ag­gres­sive be­hav­iours among stu­dents.

In ad­di­tion to province-wide fo­cus group con­sul­ta­tions, a consu l t a t i o n w e b p a ge w a s es­tab­lished at : www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/con­sul­ta­tions/in­dex.html.

Any­one who wishes to pro­vide feed­back, and has not yet done so, can ac­cess the web­page un­til March 8, 2013.

Photo by Terry Roberts MAK­ING A STATE­MENT — Many stu­dents and staff at schools through­out the province wore pink on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 27 as part of a na­tion­wide “Stand Up” to Bul­ly­ing Day. In this re­gion, schools like Davis Ele­men­tary in Car­bon­ear staged a hand­ful of events to raise aware­ness about bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment. Many of those events were spear­headed by the school’s bul­ly­ing aware­ness group, which is com­prised pri­mar­ily of Grade 5 stu­dents. Mem­ber of the group in­clude: Front (l-r) — Zachary Wheadon, Madi­son Short, Zachary Doo­ley, Lo­gan Clarke, Erin His­cock, Leah Clarke; sec­ond row — Bran­don Turn­bull, Daniel Hynes, Rachel Snow, Cahley War­ren, Amy Lynn Pen­ney; third row — Jil­lian Pil­grim, Chelsea Ngungu, Brooke Piercey, Au­tumn Grif­fin-Lam­bert, Brooke Hig­don, Denicka Baker; fourth row — Alexa Evely, Ken­dra Mutry, Zachary Mur­ray, Kayla Pynn, Re­becca Whe­lan, Ha­ley Somers, Mark Burke, David Lee, Mag­gie Mo­ri­arty, Devon Mul­laly, Sarah Pow­ell and Sa­man­tha Mutrey-Swain. Miss­ing were Hai­ley Pike and Abi­gail Squires.

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