November 17, 2014

4,300 Peel students encouraged to choose action against bullying on Nov. 21

4-Count, local artist perform for students at Brampton A's game

To cap off Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, the Peel District School Board has partnered with the Brampton A's. Prior to the Brampton A's game against the Saint John Mill Rats on Nov. 21, singer and speaker Saidat Vandenberg will share her anti-bullying message with Peel students and staff who will attend the game. Over 4,300 grade 6 to 8 students from Peel schools will also watch 4-Count's halftime performance at the Powerade Centre.

"Everyone has a duty to choose action and report bullying if they believe it is happening. The Peel board takes the issue of bullying very seriously and promotes a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all students regardless of differences," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "This week is an excellent opportunity for schools to bring attention to the number of anti-bullying resources that are available to all students and parents."

Across the Peel board, schools use many programs and initiatives to prevent bullying and to intervene when bullying happens. Students are taught to:

• define bullying
• identify forms of bullying
• identify roles in bullying relationships, for example the person who bullies, the target, the bystander 
   or the trusted advocate
• identify strategies for addressing bullying

Every school has a Climate for Learning and Working Team, which is required to develop a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan as part of a School Success Plan. Also, every employee who is involved in the care and service of students is obligated to report bullying incidents to the school administration.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is one of the key elements contained in Bill 13: Accepting Schools Act. For more information, visit: www.peelschools.org/aboutus/safeschools/bullying/ or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/prevention.html.

This year, Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is Nov. 17 to 21. In 2013, the Peel board launched a bullying awareness video; it is available online.  Vandenberg will address students at 10 a.m. 4-Count will perform during halftime. The game begins at 11 a.m. Students will arrive at at 9:30 a.m. The Powerade Centre is located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton.

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​​Media contact: Jerry Powidajko, Superintendent of Leadership Development & School Support Services, [email protected], 908-890-1010 ext. 2640

Kelly Krug, Climate for Learning & Working Coordinator, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2852

Reference: Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2725

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