The Toronto Catholic District School Board is marking Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week with a number of special events.
On Wednesday, November 21st from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the Board hosted an elementary school symposium at the Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Drive, Don Mills. This full day symposium was designed to raise awareness about the problem of bullying and to assist a small leadership team from each school to develop or enhance their current Bullying Awareness, Prevention and Intervention Plan. The theme this year was “creating a positive school climate through a whole school approach”. Teams will leave the event with several resources and great enthusiasm to continue the important work of Bullying Awareness and Prevention.
The symposium saw the launch of Feathers Against Bullying. Sixty thousand paper feathers were distributed to elementary schools and each student will write or draw a message of hope relating to the theme of “Be an Upstander, not a Bystander”. Once completed these peace feathers will be affixed to a 20 cubic metre dove designed by students from the Ontario College of Art and Design. The dove, which will be officially unveiled during Catholic Education Week in May 2013, is expected to break the Guinness record for the world’s larges collaborative art installation.
“We must encourage our young people and provide them with the tools and support that they need to ensure that they can play a positive role in preventing and responding to bullying in their classrooms, schools and community,” says Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues. “We are all committed to working with the targets of bullying behaviours, the students causing the harm, and the students who witness these acts. Greater peace and harmony is achieved when we all make the decision to be upstanders in our united efforts to stop bullying.”