posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:16 AM by Rosanne Popp

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

Under Ontario’s Safe & Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13) the 3rd week of Nov. is designated by the Ministry of Education as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. During this week, every school in Ontario is to help students learn about what bullying is and the effects it can have on student learning and well-being.

As in the past few years, we will use the resources from the WITS program to review with our students the following concepts:

1. What is bullying? (ie repeated, hurtful behaviour towards someone who has less power than the bully-less popular, less strong, younger, etc.)

2. How can we react to bullying? (please review how students can use their WITS: Walk away/Ignore/Talk it out/Seek help)

3. What is a bystander,  how do they sometimes make things worse (joining in), how can they help? (standing up for victim, getting an adult, etc.)

Students in every classroom will be receiving a series of age-appropriate lessons this week from the WITS program. The WITS program also includes family resources/tips/activities that parents can access online at:

WITS for Families

We encourage parents to have a look at the WITS website and reinforce the concepts about bullying awareness and prevention at home.

R. Popp

Principal, St. Mary School