Spread Kindness not Violence….

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Yesterday was White Ribbon Day, a day dedicated to spreading awareness of violence towards women and the message of respect. All over the world men, women and children were donning white ribbons and wrist bands as a commitment to “never excuse or remain silent about violence against women”.
Gymea Bay Public School made a personal contribution to the plight of White Ribbon Day with a giant mural that will remain permanently on display at the entrance of the School. The mural was created by every single hand enrolled at the school, from Kindergarten to Year 6. During the cutting of the ribbon it wasn’t difficult to see how attached and proud the students were of their involvement in this project.
Ray Pooley, the School Principal, is an Ambassador for White Ribbon and this was a project very close to his heart. Parents and students of Gymea Bay Public School gathered together yesterday morning, the 25th of November, to witness the official unveiling of the mural and listen to the students reasons as to why they felt this cause was worth their, and our, attention. The presenting children not only provided the facts and statistics about violence against women, they presented their audience with effective solutions, like, not remaining silent about the problem.
Jennifer Mullin spoke on behalf of the White Ribbon association and the Break The Silence Program, which is a program to help Schools implement activities around White Ribbon. Ms Mullins expressed her gratitude to the School and Mr Pooley for their efforts in bringing awareness to the campaign. She said, “White Ribbon believes in the capacity of people to change and to inspire and encourage change in others. What can you do on White Ribbon day and everyday… be kind to your classmates and teachers. Treat both boys and girls with the respect they deserve and if you see that someone is sad or upset in the playground, ask them if they are okay and let them know that you are there to help them. And know, that if you are being bullied or if someone is hurting you, there is always someone here to help.” She closed her speech with some very wise, yet simple, advice, “While we may not be able to fix the entire problem, we can all play a role. We all have a choice in making sure that we have the right attitude and that we treat people with respect.”
In addition to the White Ribbon event, the school also presented a program that embraces the values of showing respect to others. The program, titled Gymea Guardian, is a group of students who have shown their teachers, peers and fellow students that they care. Wearing their new red polo shirts, with the Gymea Guardian banner across the back, the students stood proudly as a teacher explained just how these guardians will be helping all students of the school. Members of the Gymea Guardian group will be scattered throughout the playground providing assistance and support to all students. Their goal as a guardian is “to make the playground a more enjoyable and better place”.
The Gymea Bay Public School White Ribbon Day event was a great example of how students, teachers, parents and local community pull together to support positive programs that have the intention of changing the future for the better. It showed how pro-active the School is in educating students on issues that matter, not only in their direct community, but on a global scale.

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2 thoughts on “Spread Kindness not Violence….”

  1. Thank you for the excellent report and for covering a very important topic in our community. I am very proud of the Gymea Bay Public School community for the fantastic support of this very significant program. Ray Pooley

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