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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 Awareness Week (November 13 - 17, 2017) & Stand Up to Bullying Week (February 26 - March 2, 2018)

This year, the Durham Catholic District School Board will be celebrating both the November and February bullying prevention awareness weeks with the theme Serving My School Community Through Acts of Kindness. 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 Serving My School Community Through Acts of Kindness reminds all members of the school community that showing service through acts of kindness helps ensure that students feel they are welcomed members of our school community. 

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

Monday February 26th
If you see or know someone that is judging someone behind their back, have the courage to politely tell them, that it is not a kind and not okay. Spend time with someone you know is being affected by bullying to let them know you are there to help. 

Tuesday February 27th
Stand Up to Bullying Self Empowerment Assembly

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Spread Christ’s love today through your words or actions. Tell someone important to you how much they truly mean in your life. Participate in a random act of kindness! 

Wednesday February 28th
National Pink T-shirt Day
Let’s create a culture where no one is afraid to forgive or ask for forgiveness! If you know there is someone you have hurt, seek their forgiveness today by going out of your way to do something nice for them. Find an adult and a safe space to apologize and ask this person for their forgiveness. 

Thursday March 1st
Learn and find out how to report incidents of bullying on the “Report It” function to put a stop to online bullying or tell a caring adult. Find one small way to show someone who is being bullied that you care. Show the power of kindness, spend time with them during recess (or on your lunch), make sure they are included in your next group project, or find out how you can help them have a better day! 

Friday March 2nd
Today’s challenge is to the principal- Principal are encouraged to take pictures of friends who stand up for each other and do not tolerate bullying. Post a picture on twitter and tag @durhamcatholic with the #No1standsalone. 


Unity Workshops (February 2018)

The newly created Unity group's mission is to raise awareness about the needs of racialized students in our school community, to bring about positive change through education and acceptance through compassion and to celebrate diversity. During the week of February 26 to March 2, the Unity group will be visiting the Grade 6 and 7 students in our Pickering family of schools, to discuss the realities and impacts of racism and discrimination.


Stand Up to Bullying T-Shirts

National Pink T-Shirt Day is Wednesday February 28, 2018. 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 (February 26th - March 2nd) for the week.

Stand Up To Bullying

In addition to our morning prayers and announcements, here is each daily challenge for November National Bully Awareness Week:

Monday, November 13th
Make your hands the hands of Christ today by helping someone you see who is struggling or in need. This could be as simple as opening the door for someone who has their hands full, or helping someone in your class to understand their work better. 

Tuesday, November 14th
Make your words echo today on Social Media by using the Hashtag SMILE or LOVE. 

Wednesday, November 15th
Before noon today, celebrate six people by giving them a high-five or a fist pump because you've seen them be the living expression of God's kindness through their service to someone in need.

Thursday, November 16th
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. 


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. 


Serving my School Community through Acts of Kindness Multi Media Contest (2017-2018)

In an effort to promote positive school climate across all of our schools, students and classes are invited to participate in a multi-media contest based on the theme of "Serving My School Community Through Acts of Kindness". The contest is open to all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Individuals and classes are invited to create any form of media presentation (poster, art, sculpture, Powerpoint presentation, video, public service announcement etc) that focuses on this year's theme of creating a positive school climate through acts of kindness and should demonstrate a positive action we take, as opposed to an anti-type campaign.

Individual or class submissions will be accepted and may include: 

  • A short video (maximum 3 minutes) *note: winning presentations are shared across the system and posted on the Board website; therefore any music that is included in the video must be copyright right free.  
  • Slide presentation (maximum 3 minutes)
  • Posters
  • Art - prints, paintings, sculptures, models, etc.

The winning entries will be used during Stand up to Bullying Week in February and acknowledged and celebrated at the February Board meeting. Individual student or class submissions will be accepted. St. Mary is allowed to submit 3 entries. Please see Ms. Denomme for more information.

Deadline for submission is Friday December 8, 2017.  

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