Left to right: Saskia, Daisy and Elli, West Melton Primary School senior students running a Jump Jam session in their ‘Pink Shirt Day’ (yes they are pink!) outfits.

Pink Shirt Day

06.06.2017

On Friday May 26th, West Melton Primary School supported the global anti bullying initiative ‘Pink Shirt Day’ with students wearing pink to school.

“Overall we collected $363 for our Pink Shirt Day, which is going towards our Friendship Seat,” said Rita Spadoni, of West Melton Primary School. “The idea behind the Friendship Chair is that whenever children have no-one to play with at lunchtime, they can sit on this seat and someone will come over and invite them to join in with their games. It is hoped children will approach the child in the seat, make sure he or she is alright and ask them to play. It also aims to help prevent bullying before it becomes a problem. The seat can be a key beginning to promoting friendship and kindness in youngsters and help build a sense of community. This includes the values of friendliness, caring, respect, responsibility, valuing difference and including others,” Rita added.

Last year more than 300 schools, workplaces, community groups and well known New Zealanders participated in the anti-bullying campaign, making it the largest since 2009 when Pink Shirt Day was first launched in New Zealand. Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive Shaun Robinson said while everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and respected, bullying is a significant problem in New Zealand.

“We know that students who are bullied are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety and avoid going to school.

“As New Zealanders, we all have the responsibility to stand together to ensure everyone feels safe and valued. We must work together to say no to bullying and to support each other on Pink Shirt Day and every day,” added Shaun.