International Day of Pink
With the Upper School, the Prep marked International Day of Pink on Friday, April 9. This day is about celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia and all forms of bullying resulting from discrimination.
As in past years, many classes heard the story behind the ‘pink shirt’ and in age-appropriate ways, talked about topics such as bullying, discrimination, how to be an ‘upstander’ and how we can create a more inclusive school community. These conversations linked back to discussions held in the fall during Pride Week.
Day of Pink was also part of the Primary and Middle assemblies. In the Primary assembly, students heard from Ms. Stewart and watched a video about the history of the day that emphasized the importance of our everyday actions and choices. Though wearing a pink shirt is important, “it is the person wearing the shirt that makes those choices” and so the message in the video and from Ms. Stewart, was to be respectful of everyone and to stand up for others when needed.
Upper School teacher Patrick Callegaro (Math teacher, Year 8 co-ordinator and Faculty Adviser for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance) was a guest speaker at the Middle division assembly. Callegaro spoke about the GSA and its role in education and advocacy around the LGBTQ experience at UCC and about the importance of visible allyship in general. “Even if you have one friend who stands up with you, you feel like it’s a little easier to raise your hand and say, ‘Hey this isn’t okay, this makes me uncomfortable or I don’t feel safe.” Callegaro acknowledged that this is difficult to do and so “….having a symbol, such as a pink shirt on Friday, really helps to show that you are there with, not just our LGBTQ students but all of our students with any issue or strife that they may face.”
The pink shirts that were worn April 9 symbolized a commitment to being open-minded, accepting of differences and being respectful of all. Our actions and how they impact those around us, are what really matters.
Prep Counsellor & Health and Life Skills Teacher