For the past several years, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) has joined forces with Halton Regional Police Services, Halton Region, Halton District School Board, and independent schools in Halton to spread awareness around bullying prevention through the 'Give Respect, Get Respect Halton School Challenge'.
This year, students in grades 6-12 across Halton were invited to develop creative arts-based public service messages that convey the theme of respect, and promote healthy relationships and inclusion.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, submissions received through the 'See The Problem, Be The Solution' Bullying Prevention contest were showcased at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School.
Congratulations to all students with the winning submissions from the following schools:
1. Best Poster - Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School (created by: Roman Hickey, Supitcha Thadi,
2. Best Video - Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School (created by: Luca D’Amico,
Fabiana Dos Santos Da Silva,
3. Best Original Song - Holy Family Catholic Elementary School (created by: Emiliana Arrieche,
Romina Vega Bravo,
As part of the gala, Constable Ryan Smith from Halton Regional Police Services brought inspirational greetings to students and staff. Guest speaker, Sean Hakim also presented short stories and engaged in spoken word to teach students about building self confidence, chasing dreams, and bullying prevention.
"The prevention of bullying and unacceptable behaviours can be eliminated through compassion, through education, and through leadership." - Diane Rabenda, Chair of the Board
"This is our 4th year of our Gala in terms of recognizing all the hard work that you do. Research indicates that if we are going to make a change in any kind of bullying prevention program, it has to be school-wide, it has to be with you, the students, the parents, the school community and the entire community to make a difference." - Toni Pinelli, Superintendent of Education