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Spreading the anti-bullying message

Maioha Haimona-Ngawhatau, Emily Van Breda, Marama Tapsell, and Tian Daniels get into the spirit of Pink Shirt Day at Tauranga Girls’ College. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Hundreds of girls at Tauranga Girls’ College have ditched their school uniforms today to wear pink in support of Pink Shirt Day.

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day aims to stop bullying and create kindness in schools, workplaces and communities by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships.

The event began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. It has been celebrated in New Zealand since 2009 and is led by the Mental Health Foundation.

At Tauranga Girls’ College students have spent the week taking part in activities designed to encourage kindness and positivity, including a compliments board and posters around the school, sports events promoting good sportsmanship, and a slam poetry event.

The anti-bullying week culminated in a Pink Shirt mufti day today with gold coin donations going towards the Pink Shirt Day Movement.

For more information about Pink Shirt Day and links to information about bullying, resources and where to get help visit www.pinkshirtday.org.nz

You can also send your friends a compliment, such as the one below, either via Facebook or email at www.pinkshirtdaycompliments.co.nz 

Pink is the order of the day at Tauranga Girls’ College today for Pink Shirt Day, a worldwide anti-bullying movement. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Deputy principal Caroline Bird joins students to mark Pink Shirt Day.

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