Stand Up To Bullying

Walking Together to Promote a Positive School Community

Congratulations to Mr. Pisani's Grade 12 Media Arts Students for their winning video entry in the DCDSB's "Kindness is my Superpower" multi-media contest 2016-2017. 

 

National Bullying Prevention and Intervention Week (November 16 - 20, 2020) & Stand Up to Bullying Week (February 2021)

Our Catholic faith calls us to live together as a community and to love one another. Bullying, in any form, runs counter to Christ’s message of inclusion and His instruction that we treat one another with care and respect. Throughout the week, we will be asking students to take a role in preventing bullying and become an upstander instead of simply a bystander. In this Year of Love, we ask God for the wisdom and fortitude to do our part to stand up to bullying in our schools.

For students who may have experienced bullying: Kids Help Phone can help. Kids Help Phone is for anyone age 5 to 20. Counsellors are available 24/7 to support children and teens by phone, text or online chat in English or French. Call: 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.

Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. The bullying can take different form:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
  • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.

In addition to our morning prayers and announcements, here is each daily challenge for November National Bullying Prevention and Intervention Week 2020:

Monday, November 16th
You are a child of God...you are wonderfully made, dearly loved, and precious in God’s sight. Before God made you, God knew you...there is no one else like you” ― Psalm 139
Challenge: Go out of your way today to acknowledge and compliment the good of someone you know.

Tuesday, November 17th
All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others. − Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Challenge: Go out of your way to work with someone you haven’t worked with before on your next group project or assignment. Do your best to highlight this person’s gifts and talents in your assignment. 

Wednesday, November 18th 
Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by kindly words; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” − St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Challenge: Think of a friend or family member that is looking for a pick me up. Send them a message letting them know how much you care for them.

Thursday, November 19th
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -St. Mother Teresa
Challenge: Give a compliment to a stranger or let someone go in front of you in line.

Friday, November 20th
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Challenge: Be a community leader in your class and create an kindness/appreciation box for your peers to leave appreciation notes for other classmates.

 

In addition to our morning prayers and announcements, here is each daily challenge for February Stand Up to Bullying Week 2019:

Monday February 25th
Dear God, The scars and abuse of bullying can run deep and can last for years. We can help by being kind and loving. Beyond this, we look to you to give them love and compassion. May we show each other kindness and work together so that no one is ever left alone. It is through caring for one another that we find joy in the relationships around us. 
If you see an opportunity to stand up to bullying – be an upstander, not a bystander.

Tuesday February 26th
Loving God, Thank you for a faith community, a safe environment, a school full of kind people, and caring adults for times of trouble. We know you are with all who play a role in the part of bullying (the bully, the bullied or the bystanders) and that you have placed people on this world to guide all of them. We ask you to give us the knowledge to help one another through our troubles. 
Send a positive message to the people in your class so that no one feels left out or bullied.

Wednesday February 27th
Stand Up to Bullying Assemblies (Gr 9 & 10)
National Pink T-shirt Day
Dear God, Please help those who are have been hurt from bullying. They need the strength to recognize and acknowledge that they are important and that they are rich with gifts and talents. During this Year of Joy, let us work together to celebrate our differences and use our voice to spread positively and love. 
Reach out to someone or make conversation with someone outside of your social group.

Thursday February 28th 
Dear God, Help us to embrace our ability to accept others’ beliefs, instead of rejecting them out of fear. Help us to embrace our ability to understand each others’ differences, instead of judging what makes us unique. Help us to embrace our ability to sympathize with others’ feelings, instead of being indifferent to their pain. Help us to embrace our ability to encourage positive behaviours, instead of criticizing mistakes. Help us to embrace our ability to love one another, instead of promoting hatred.
You are challenged be strong and to do the right thing, even when it seems to be too difficult.

Friday March 1st
Dear God, As a member of this Catholic School, we agree by your name to be kind to the people in our presence and care about them like God cares for each of us. We are trusted to be good friends and to not be a bystander when we see bullying happening. We must always try to make our school a safe and caring community. We are expected to accept people for their unique traits, rather than poke fun at the things that they cannot control. Lord, please help us to be kind people and role models for others to do the same.
Hang out with someone you do not normally hang out with. Make a new friend and learn something new about this person.

 

Stand Up to Bullying T-Shirts

National Pink T-Shirt Day is Wednesday February 27, 2019. St. Mary Stand Up To Bullying T-Shirts (Stand Up or Upstander designs) are on sale in the atrium for $2 and can be worn as a first layer (Tuesday February 26th - Friday March 1st) for the week.

Stand Up To Bullying

 

Report It

Report It is a tool for parents and students to advise us of non-emergency incidents of bullying and other school safety issues (for example vandalism). It is not monitored on a 24/7 basis. If this is an emergency, call 911.

Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all students. All students deserve to learn in a place where they feel safe. We want to know about incidents of bullying and other safety concerns so that we can take action and prevent further incidents from happening. We take issues of bullying and school safety very seriously.

We encourage parents and students to report incidents of bullying or other school safety concerns as soon as it happens. Speak with a teacher or school administration to provide information about the situation. 

 

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