October is the World Bullying Prevention Month. Schools around the world organize events and activities aimed to prevent this widespread issue and promote positive values such as kindness, acceptance, inclusion and belonging, values on which our school is focusing on this year.
One of the main events of the month of October is Unity Day, celebrated usually on 20 October. As a school community, we have chosen to show our commitment against bullying by wearing orange on the day. In the morning, students were greeted by the Counsellors and encouraged to spend the day thinking about what it means to belong, and how they can help other students feel included and like they belong through their words and actions.
Throughout the school day, the students had the opportunity to participate in other schoolwide and classroom activities focused on bullying prevention and inclusion. Some classes worked on charts to express unity and displayed their work in the corridors and notice boards to share with other students. We are really proud of the students’ contribution and we thank them for participating in this event, by wearing orange, taking action with kind and inclusive actions, or reflecting and discussing the meaning of Unity and Belonging.
We hope that these actions will positively impact our school climate, creating a safe and inclusive environment where every student feels respected, accepted and supported.