Pink Shirt Day 2017

Pink Shirt Day

Manuka School Celebrates Bully Free Schooling! 

 

On the 16th of May 2017 Manuka School held our second ever Pink Shirt Day to promote anti bullying at our school.  We raised $125 from the gold coin donations. All of the funds go to the Mental Health Foundation, to be given to groups that support people who have been bullied. This event was organised by the children of Room 5.

Mrs Barclay asked room five to organise Pink Shirt day this year. Once they had learned all about it they got the rest of the school on board. The biggest problem was how to get children, especially boys, to wear pink. The children got into small groups and chose a class to talk to. They wrote speeches and made posters to promote Pink Shirt Day to their chosen class. They ordered stickers to motivate the wearing of pink. They also sent a newsletter home to the parents. 

Room 5 were really pleased with how well the staff and children supported the event. Over 70% of the school wore pink to school on Friday. There were some fantastic discussions on what bullying is and how to prevent it. Well done Manuka!

     

 

So what is Pink Shirt day and why do we celebrate it?

 

History of Pink Shirt Day

 

Pink Shirt Day began in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. A group of students decided to defend a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and PSD was born.

 

By wearing a pink shirt, people identify themselves as an ally. The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care.

 

We’ve been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009 and the event grows stronger and larger every year.

 

Stop bullying

 

This message is both the simplest and the hardest. It’s not easy to change behaviour, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try. What power do YOU have to stop bullying? Whether it’s asking for help, standing up for someone else or changing your own behaviour, none of us are powerless to help others or ourselves

 

Read more about this on http://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/

 
 
 
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North Shore City, 0629
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