Re­ward­ing nice guys and gals

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KOREN ALLPRESS

‘‘You can be any­thing in the world, so why not be nice?’’

So said Moun­tain­view High School head boy Blake Steel when speak­ing about how the school’s Bro Be Nice ini­tia­tive was go­ing.

Launched in June by some of the school’s head stu­dents, Bro Be Nice sought to re­ward stu­dents that were nom­i­nated by oth­ers for their kind ges­tures around school.

‘‘The stu­dents and teach­ers have re­ally caught onto the true pur­pose of this cam­paign, which has been to pro­mote pos­i­tive be­hav­iour in the school [and] com­mu­nity, and pro­vide a plat­form of recog­ni­tion for stu­dents who do so,’’ Steel said.

He and the other stu­dents in­volved in or­gan­is­ing Bro Be Nice, had tried to be as creative as they could in cel­e­brat­ing the kind­ness.

‘‘We sur­prise stu­dents in their lunch break - when they least ex­pect it, and re­warded them by giv­ing them a wheel­bar­row ride to their next class.’’

‘‘We film all this and play it in a full school assem­bly, where they have re­ceived Bro Be Nice t-shirts, choco­late’s and gift vouch­ers.’’

Three stu­dents ac­knowl­edged so far.

Steel said stu­dent Al­is­tair McHaffie re­ceived his re­ward for his over­whelm­ing com­mit­ment to the school and his happy na­ture, while Ana Af­fleck re­ceived her re­ward for her out­stand­ing sports­man­ship, as well as her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

Storm Brazen­dale re­ceived her re­ward for do­nat­ing a large num­ber of books to the school for a book and bake sale re­cently.

Deputy head boy Ben Dal­loway said this year, the first year it had been run, was a test year.

‘‘Of course since we’ve started it, we’ve had to de­velop it our­selves, find out what works, what doesn’t,’’ Dal­loway said.

Year 12 Stu­dent Ge­or­gia Slee said the ini­tia­tive had ‘‘def­i­nitely brought pos­i­tiv­ity’’ to the school.

It worked well by fo­cus­ing on stu­dents’ pos­i­tive be­hav­iour rather than neg­a­tive, she said.

Deputy head girl Kait­lyn Rat­cliff said some of the Year 12 stu­dents they had spo­ken to were keen to keep the ini­tia­tive go­ing next year. ‘‘They’ll bring a dif­fer­ent spin to it.’’

Steel was keen for fu­ture stu­dents to con­tinue the ini­tia­tive.

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