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From: Monday, November 19, 2018 3:41 PM -0500
Subject:Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2018
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Bluewater District School Board is recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 18 – 24, 2018.  Proactively promoting safe, accepting, and inclusive school cultures through learning and awareness continues to be an important priority for our students and staff.  From the many anti-bullying initiatives spearheaded by Gay Straight Alliance and ME to WE clubs, to board wide recognition of special themed occasions, Bluewater has demonstrated a multi-faceted approach to fostering an environment where all members are respected and encouraged to succeed.  
 
Some examples of the many awareness campaigns that occur during the school year include Treaties Recognition Week, World Mental Health Day, Orange Shirt Day, Pride Month, and Pink Shirt Day.  Leadership training opportunities for students have also been offered to strengthen peer to peer support throughout the district.  Grade 7 – 10 students from seven schools recently achieved Youth Champion status through a day of mental health training at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre.  In collaboration with Lead Teachers in their respective schools, these students will work to support their student peers in a variety of areas related to well-being.

Image of Huron Heights Public School Code of Conduct plaquePlease join us this week in our pledge to stand up to all forms of bullying. Students, staff, parents/guardians, and others within our school communities are encouraged to initiate conversations and reflect on the small but critically important ways in which we all can contribute to a more inclusive and accepting culture and society where bullying has no place to thrive.    

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