Pastoral classes reflected on the significance of Harmony Day (21 March) which follows the recent National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (15 March) and calls on us to be inclusive of others. In the light of recent events we acknowledged that all individuals should feel included in our College community. Students in pastoral classes were invited to make an Anti-Bullying Pledge to show their commitment to the community.
PC Anti-Bullying Pledge: At Stella Maris College we believe that we should treat everyone with dignity and respect, regardless of their appearance, status or beliefs. We believe in a community where everyone feels safe, accepted and included. With the example of selfless love found in Jesus which is summed up in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, we see what it means to really care for others. We are part of a community that lives out Benedictine values, including hospitality which is anti-bullying. Hospitality is opening our doors and hearts to welcome all. We believe that our words and actions matter because we can make a difference to another person’s life and we never know what people are going through. We believe that it is right to stand up for other people’s rights to create justice and peace. With God’s strength and by making good choices, I will try to be the best version of myself.