Stand Up To Bullying

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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 19 - 23, 2018) & Stand Up to Bullying Week (February 25 - March 2, 2019)

This year, the Durham Catholic District School Board will be celebrating both the November and February bullying prevention awareness weeks with the theme Living as Joyful Disciples to Promote a Positive School Community. As we work together to create safe and caring school communities we are reminded of the mercy, tenderheartedness, and loving compassion that God has shown to his people. 

Our theme of Living as Joyful Disciples to Promote a Positive School Community reminds all members of the school community that reaching out to all members of our school community through acts of kindness helps everyone feel they are welcomed members of our school community. 

In addition to our morning prayers and announcements, here is each daily challenge for November National Bullying Prevention and Intervention Week 2018:

Monday, November 19th
Make your hands the hands of Christ today. If you know someone is struggling or lonely, make a point to say hello, ask them how they are doing, and including them in your prayers.  

Tuesday, November 20th
Did you know that smiling is contagious? Smiling is like medicine that lifts the soul and warms the heart. Take a moment to smile at a person who is alone. Make your words echo today on Social Media by using the Hashtag SMILE or LOVE. 

Wednesday, November 21st
When you see someone who is struggling, offer a word of encouragement or a helpful hand. When you see someone helping, let them know you were a witness to that person giving someone hope that they can overcome.

Thursday, November 22nd
At lunch today include someone who you feel is alone. Invite them to eat with you so you can get to know them better and so they feel part of your group. 

Friday, November 23rd
Welcome someone to join you to do an activity you enjoy or offer to join someone in an activity they enjoy. Sow the seeds of joyful interaction!


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

T-Shirt Slogan and Graphic Contest 2018 

In an effort to promote positive school climate across all of our schools, the DCDSB Safe Schools department is launching a T-Shirt slogan and graphic contest. The winning slogan and accompanying graphic will be used to create the 2019 DCDSB Pink t-shirt for Stand up to Bullying Week in February. 

The slogan and graphic must focus on this year’s theme of creating a positive and joyful school climate and should demonstrate a positive action we take to prevent bullying.

Each school can submit a maxium of 3 entries. See Mr. O'Hare for more information. Deadline for submission is Wednesday December 5, 2018.


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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