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
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Pictured above: Althea Mackenzie from Safe Schools Coalition NSW speaks at the Safe Schools state and territory manager panel, facilitated by Monique Schafter (far left), and featuring (from left to right) Roz Ward (SSCV), Natalya Giffney (SSCSA), Tim Bavinton (SSCACT) and Susan Ditter (SSCTas).
The cold and frosty 4.00am start could not suppress the excitement of the Safe Schools Collation ACT Crew as we boarded a bus headed to the Safe Schools Coalition Australia National Symposium.
SSCACT was delighted to accompany forty high schools and college students from Safe Schools Coalition member schools attending the Safe Schools Coalition Australia National Symposium. More than 320 participants from across the country joined the event to celebrate the work of Safe Schools Coalition Australia and share ideas for making our schools safer and more inclusive of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.