Erin Smith (top right) the Project Officer for Safe Schools Coalition in the ACT presented at the Department of Health’s Wear it Purple morning tea!
Rain could not dampen the mood at Safe Schools Coalition ACT schools as students, teachers and wider school communities celebrated Wear it Purple Day in the Capital.
Member schools all over the territory marked Wear it Purple Day by participating in diverse and exciting activities ranging from colouring hair and painting nails purple to ‘Accessa-RISE yourself’, film screenings, tie-dying book bags, holding an ‘eduCAKE’ bake stall, soap box sharing, sausage sizzles and hosting book readings that celebrate diversity.
Safe Schools Coalition ACT’s consortium partners also hosted Wear it Purple day events for young people, a highlight was the purple food cook off at local youth centres.
Scott from member school Gungahlin College, said, “When I first saw the Safe School Coalition’s OMG booklets, I knew that I was safe here and that the Coalition was something I wanted to be a part of so that I could help other kids like me.” Safe Schools Coalition ACT’s Project Officer Erin Smith was invited to speak at the Department of Health’s Pride Network Wear it Purple Day event. Erin spoke on the importance of inclusive education and creating learning spaces where all students and teachers feel safe, included and celebrated.
As the program in the ACT grows so will the amount of Wear it Purple day celebrations. We can’t wait to see what creative and exciting ways Canberra members schools celebrate next year!
If you would like to know more abou Wear it Purple day visit: wearitpurple.org