Next week is Bully Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment for students. We are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. 

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Bullying can occur in these forms:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyber-bullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

Everyday, the morning announcements will highlight an area of bullying and what it means. Age appropriate activities, discussions and videos may be shared in each classroom daily with a culmination of Pink Shirt Day on Friday.

On Wednesday, students will make anti-bullying posters on pink paper which will then be displayed on the windows facing outwards. On Friday, students, in their classes, will take a peaceful walk circling the school to look at the many posters.

Parent Resources will be shared on our board website the week of November 16-20