Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019
Bullying-Free NZ Week ran from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May. See how schools took part and check out this year's free school activity pack to use to support work all year round.
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The theme for the fourth annual Bullying-Free Week (13 to 17 May 2019) was ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’
It was an opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique – such as talents, interests, appearance, disability, culture, race, gender or sexuality.
Schools that encourage respect, value opinions, celebrate difference, and promote positive relationships make it difficult for bullying behaviour to thrive or be tolerated.
Supporting diversity, talking about bullyilng and working together. encourages schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.
Year 13 students Timi Barabas and Namrata Verma have started a group for students called the True Colours Club.
This student-led initiative was created with the aim of creating a safe zone for students at school. There are currently 18 students from years 7–13 in the club, who hold weekly meetings and a school counsellor also attends to give support and advice.
To coincide with Bullying-Free NZ Week, the true Colours Club organised their own Kindness Week Including a True Colours concert, a compliments wall, free lollies, secret squirrel gifts and a drone photo of the entire school in pink They also plan to start workshops to help students understand the impact of bullying on mental health and how to take actions towards taking a stand.
Painted in bright and inviting colours, Onewaka School's new buddy benches have been creaed to reduce loneliness and encourage friendships in the playground. The school's PTA, Team Pipi, were inspired to create their own bench after co-chair, Jo Breslin noticed the concept at another school. Breslin said it was a great way to share the message of inclusion and kindness. "It's a non-verbal way for kids to communicate that they're in need of a friend or someone to talk to."
Read more at the NZ Herald.(external link)
Tinui School, a small rural Wairarapa school, had a week-long conversation for Bullying-Free NZ Week, ending with a show of pink for Pink Shirt Day.
Throughout the week they discussed bullying at morning Karakia and Waiata and used resources from the website to create posters in mixed age groups that were displayed across their two multi-level classrooms.
Oteha Valley School, a multi-cultural primary school in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, were one of seven schools across Oneroa Kāhui Ako who came together for Bullying-Free NZ Week and Pink Shirt Day.
Kāhui Ako leaders spoke to all students in classes about what they could do to tackle bullying. At Oteha Valley Primary School almost all the children dressed in pink for a day focused on collaboration, friendship, and following the school’s anti-bullying programme.
The school raised $465 that went towards the overall total of over $4000 donated by Oneroa Kahui Ako to the Mental Health Foundation.
Student leaders from each of the four houses at Whanganui High School planned a week of activities focused on making school a safe, happy and inclusive place.
For 'Compliment for a Cookie' and the 'Smile project', students wrote compliments and exchanged kind messages for free cookie or hot chocolate. "Spread the love" saw the students for a giant pink heart on the school field.
Daily presentations from Paul Miller, school community officer with the Whanganui Police talked about social media, staying safe on line, and where students can go for help.
Read more at the NZ Herald(external link).
At Longford Intermediate students, teachers and members of Gore police came together to reinforce the message that bullying is not OK.
Throughout the week, students completed challenges led by students including creating anti-bullying posters, a rap about being kind to one another, a poem to encourage people to be themselves, and artwork about accepting diversity. As a prize, four winners from each task were taken to school in a police patrol car on Friday.
Read more at The Ensign(external link)
At Taupo Intermediate, Police School Community Officer Tash Marinkovich worked with students on a massive pink paper chain. Each student had to write something they are good at on a piece of paper, with formed a link in a chain, with each class contributing a section.
Bullying prevention is an ongoing focus. Use the Bullying-Free NZ resources to support work all year round. Here are some quick and simple ways to get your school talking about bullying at any time of the year.
- Run one of the easy classroom activities in this year’s free school activity pack [PDF, 6.2 MB] to get students talking about bullying and what they can do to prevent it.
- Use the posters for primary and intermediate schools in the classroom – you can order more copies (free) from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Go on a journey with Oat the Goat, an award-winning digital pick-a-path story book (external link)for 4-7 year olds that teaches the power of kindness.
- Inform parents: Link to the guide for parents and whānau [PDF, 682 KB] in your school newsletter.
- Set workshops for school staff, using the ten professional learning and development workshops for school staff. Including trainer’s notes and handouts, the workshops step through what bullying is, responding to bullying behaviour, and bullying prevention.
- Plan a discussion with the Board of Trustees, using A Guide for Boards of Trustees to help Boards of Trustees build on good practice and identify actions for their school and its needs.
- Review and plan your whole-school approach to bulling prevention using the roadmap, a simple tool that guides schools through steps to tackle bullying and incorporate the nine elements of the Bullying-Free NZ School Framework.
- Sign up for the free Wellbeing@School student survey(external link) and find out more about the toolkit(external link) on NZCER’s website.
Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 FREE Activity Pack
Full of ideas and activities for students and staff. Check it out!
Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 DIY Poster
Use the template to create your own school poster for Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019.
Be Heard 2019: a media guide for schools
Help tell your community about your school’s bullying prevention activities.
Bullying-Free NZ Week 2019 promotional flyer
Use the one-page flyer to promote your Bullying-Free Week 2019 activities in your school community.
Bullying-Free NZ Week ended with the Mental Health Foundation's Pink Shirt Day(external link).
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying(external link), mobilising their whole-school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.