The government of Ontario has designated the week of November 15-21 as Bullying Prevention Week. The Ministry of Education has defined bullying 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. Students may attain or maintain power over others in the school through real or perceived differences. Some areas of difference may be size, strength, age, intelligence, economic status, social status, solidarity of peer group, religion, ethnicity, disability, need for special education, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender and race.
Every week is Bullying Prevention Week at Bakersfield BUT….Next week, Bakersfield will be participating in a variety of activities as a whole school (virtually) and in our individual classes to STOMP OUT BULLYING.
Some of the activities that will be taking place next week:
Monday: All staff and students are encouraged to wear BLUE to show their support to take a stand against bullying.
Tuesday: As a school, we will recite a pledge together on the morning announcements about our commitment to end bullying.
Wednesday: We will be participating in virtual assemblies to help deepen our collective understanding of what bullying is. We will each be given a “shoeprint” to reflect on what we can do to end bullying.
Thursday: Activities about the impact of bullying will take place in our classes.
Friday: Colour House Day! Wear your Colour House to stand united against bullying! Please contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure of what your child’s Colour House is.
Be Kind. Be Proud. Be Bakersfield.