Featured image photography credit to Jia Chiah
On Friday 26 May 2017, Rutherford held a pink shirt day to take action against bullying. The prefects collaborated with Rutherford’s PSSP team and tie-dyed students’ shirts pink for $2 each, as well as selling wristbands and rainbow ribbons – all the funds went towards Rainbow Youth! This has been a tradition within Rutherford.
Pink shirt day is a worldwide celebration – it began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school after a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
The event aims to make workplaces, schools and communities to feel donated towards the Pink Shirt Day Campaign.
“Effective bullying prevention involves the whole school community staff, students, parents and whanau. It means having well-planned responses in place for when bullying does occur.” -Mike Williams
Video about Pink Shirt Day: https://youtu.be/Ct4BTlsB2M0
Read more at: https://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/about/
Written by Nicole Potter
As well as students wearing pink shirts, we had other events occurring at lunchtime in the hall, like a photo booth and a sausage sizzle for further advocating and fundraising!
Photography credit to Faith Tan, Jennifer Lowe