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The Importance of One Kind Word

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For the month of November, the IB Learner Profile focus was “Thinkers.” We want to encourage our students to use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. To coincide with the IB Learner Profile focus, TCPS held its annual Anti-Bullying Week from November 15th to 19th.

This year’s national theme was “One Kind Word”. Throughout the week, students engaged in various activities to help them understand what bullying prevention looks like and learn how to foster positive interactions and build friendships.  On Monday, students participated in our first theme by writing positive messages on yellow ribbons and attaching them to our playfield fence surrounding a large “Yellow Ribbons for Friendship” sign.

Anti-Bullying Week continued on Tuesday with each class working together to construct a Unity Tree, creating leaves with positive messages, ways to change or impact our school’s culture about bullying and how students can support a friend or peer who is being bullied.

On Wednesday, staff and students arrived at school in pink clothing in honour of “Pink Shirt Day.”  Now a movement celebrated globally and inspired by an act of kindness, Pink Shirt Day originated in a High School in Nova Scotia in 2007 when students organized a protest in sympathy for a grade 9 student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In addition to students watching a Pink Shirt Day video, classes were treated to a special “Find your Magic” Anti-Bullying Show by magicians Brent and Sarah with the message of empowering students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing.

As we approached the end of the week students accessorized their uniforms wearing Odd Socks on Thursday to celebrate students for standing out and expressing their individual uniqueness. Anti-Bullying Week concluded with a great video highlighting the week’s fun and educational activities.

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