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.

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