Primary pupils make a stand against bullying
Pupils from one Manawatu school are standing tall, putting their hands up and saying no to bullying.
About 155 children from Newbury Primary School on Friday dressed from head to toe in all shades of pink for Pink Shirt Day – a national day that raises awareness of bullying in New Zealand.
Year 8 pupil and head boy Toby Collis, 12, said bullying could be a range of things, including people being viewed as different or not cool enough, or feeling excluded.
It was important children felt included by their friends and peers.
Year 8 pupil Meelah LawtonRei,12, said the focus should not be on what people wear or their background, but on who they were on the inside.
Pupils took part in a fashion show on Friday, and pupils and teachers lined up across the school courts while in their pink costumes, and made a ‘‘NO’’ shape, to take a clear stance against bullying.
Principal Nick Rate said it was important to raise awareness about the issue.
Although the school was a safe environment, Rate said it was important for the school and pupils to take part in the antibullying day, especially because it fitted into the school’s core values of respect and leadership.
Jamie Crofskey, 9, left, uses balloons to top off her bright outfit.