Say “No Way!” to bullying
High School students join together to say “No Way!” to bullying.
Bullying. No Way!
Last Friday, Music, art, activities, and an array of bright orange accessories all worked together to highlight a powerful anti-bullying message.
Students in the High School made a united stand against bullying as they came together to support the Bullying no way! National Day of Action against bullying and violence. Prefects ran the events and activities on the day, which began with a devotion in the morning lead by the Faith and Fellowship Prefects. They had also organised the advertising leading up to the event, and the Creative Arts Prefects worked with Mr Downton and several student bands to enable some live music during lunch time.
Some of the High School students also took part in a scavenger hunt and banner creation during lunchtime, which were also co-ordinated by our Head Prefects. High School students were encouraged to wear a splash of orange to show their support and it was great to see lots of orange accessories, including socks, to support the day. The Prefects lead the way, donning bright orange superhero capes!
Stand Up, Speak Out
Unfortunately, bullying is a common occurrence in society in many forms, and schools are not immune. At Cedar we always encourage students to care for one another and look out for others. Some strategies we encourage students to implement as a safeguard against bullying are: standing up for others if they see or hear of bullying; speaking to a staff member if they, or someone else they know, is being bullied; and always treating each other with respect and kindness.
Respecting and caring for one another has always been an important part of the Cedar community. In fact, it’s part of our mission statement: To prepare students for real life as they Discover Jesus, Display Love and Develop Self. It is also something God has called us to do: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Bullying no Way! Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together and stand united against bullying, however it can’t be the only day we do this. We need to take a stand against bullying every day to ensure that everyone is cared for, feels included, safe, and a valued part of the Cedar community.
Mrs Nichole Tiller, Director of Senior School Student Development
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