Rewarding nice guys and gals
‘‘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.