Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new Year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. These students bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their classmates to wear the next day. The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together against bullying.
It was a sea of pink at CGS! Students arrived at school wearing pink shirts over their regular uniform. Our staff wore pink ‘Be Kind!’ shirts provided by Marie. The staff shirts were from Game Over Baby and were a huge hit!
‘Pink Shirt Day’ posters
Our senior students created some beautiful anti-bullying posters last week. These posters have been on display all week and served to punctuate the significance of Pink Shirt Day here at CGS.
Classes participated in an anti-bullying workshop with Scott from Kids4Kids. Each presentation was expertly geared to the specific age of our classes and included songs, stories, life experiences and real-life strategies to recognize and stand up against anti-bullying. Our students were empowered to be thoughtful, kind and considerate towards others.
Every student completed their own anti-bullying pledge and committed to being kind, treating others with respect and making sure that they step in if they see mean or bullying behaviours. Everything was displayed on the bulletin boards in the hallways. The Early Start classes know that this will help be a reminder of how important their commitment is.
All our classes contributed to the Wellness Tree. The students created their own paper pink shirt ‘leaf’ for the tree. Each ‘leaf’ had a handwritten pledge from the student about their own commitment to treat others with kindness and consideration. Angela and Anah completed the beautiful display in the downstairs hallway so that our students could be reminded whenever they pass by.
The Kindness Book
Early Start listened to a story ‘The Kindness Book’. After reading the book together, they discussed the question, What is kindness? They came up with wonderful answers!