Taking a stand against bullying
23 April 2021
In light of the recent tragedy surrounding the passing of Lufuno Mavhunga (15) and many other nameless victims of bullying, the learners of Portland High School in Mitchell’s Plain took the initiative to host an anti-bullying campaign on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.
The chairperson of the existing anti-bullying campaign, Camorin Du Plessis (grade 11), took the initiative to organise the Anti-Bullying Campaign Pledge with the help of the RCL, Columba Leadership Learner team and educators.
On Monday, 19 April 2021 a notice was issued to learners to inform them of the Anti-Bullying Campaign Pledge. On the morning of 20 April, as learners, educators and support staff entered the school for screening, they were invited to sign the pledge to show their support for the campaign.
Candles were lit in memory of all of the victims of bullying and pink ribbons were issued to create awareness. The learners and staff wore the pink ribbons throughout the day. There were mixed emotions, as learners and staff expressed their agony for the loss of all of the young, innocent lives lost to bullying.
The signing of the Anti-Bullying Campaign Pledge, which is part of the Metro South’s anti-bullying initiative, serves as a reminder to the learners, staff and the community at large of the long-standing fight against bullying at Portland High School.
Schools are also encouraged to show their learners the following two video’s which speaks about the role bystanders play in advancing bullying behaviour. The following links are on You Tube:
Who’s the bully - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUWAnIcrvc4
Raise your voice, not your phone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfZ6UbD-NDU