We mind, be kind

Students across Wynyard are campaigning against bullying. A select group of Grade 5 and 6 students from St Brigid’s Catholic School in Wynyard joined with 100 other students from local schools at Wynyard High School in June as part of the We Mind, Be Kind forum.

Supported by Wynyard School Community Partnerships along with local and national organisations, this student led initiative gave students a chance to mix with their peers and create works inspired by the emotions and impact bullying has on people. The students engaged in a number of workshops around this theme run by local artists such as writing songs and poetry, creating a zine, and painting like Picasso, as well as informative workshops about safe schools and cyber bullying.

Working with students from a range of schools also further developed the students’ skills in communication, leadership and decision-making; as well as allowing time for socialising over a barbeque lunch.

At the end of the forum, the students were presented with a pledge banner for St Brigid’s that they had all signed as a reminder to all students to speak up and work together to address bullying and mean behaviour within their community.

All of this work went towards the launch of the We Mind, Be Kind campaign on 2 July, with the students’ creations available for viewing by the local community at an exhibition held at ArtsCape in Wynyard.