Six area schools receive safe, caring awards
Students wear pink to mark Stand Up to Bullying Day
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.