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photo by Gord Bowes

photo by Gord Bowes

St. Jean de Brebeuf Students stand before their peers to show the school’s diversity.

Students take a stand on school safety

By Gord Bowes, News staff

St. Jean de Brebeuf Secondary School has already been recognized for being a safe school, but the students don’t want to rest on their laurels.
“We continue to make our school even better every year,” said Ryan Gallagher, one of the organizers of the central Mountain school’s annual diversity assembly.
The student-led assembly was organized by the school’s Health Action Team and diversity committee, all with the goal of making all students feel accepted, supported and included.
“We all belong, no matter where we are from or what we have been through,” said student Amanda Hope. “We have the power to make all students feel they belong.”
The school has a Twitter account (@sjbcares) which encourages that caring environment, said Ryan Hunt.
The committee takes some of the most inspirational tweets and makes posters of them to hang around the school.
This year’s event coincided with Pink Shirt Day, when students are encouraged to wear pink shirts as part of anti-bullying awareness.
Principal Mark Daly said the school’s efforts have been paying off.
A recent survey of students showed 11 per cent do not feel safe at school, while walking home or online, he said. At the average school it’s 19 per cent.
“We’ll continue to try and work that number down to zero,” said Daly.
Brebeuf was one of 10 schools to receive an Ontario Safe School Award in 2012.

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