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Five of the 40 members of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary's Power of 1 leadership group: (top) Jay Rai, Matthew Kingshott, Jovin Gill, (bottom) KG Gill and Sahil Singh.
people stand up for themselves, but the strongest stand up for others.”
message students from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary (LTS) shared with students at
surrounding Surrey elementary schools on Pink Shirt Day, and one that embodies
the meaning behind their school club: The Power of 1.
The Power of
1 is an all-male leadership team at LTS. Established in 2013 to boost male
involvement at the school, the group is now 40 members strong, with students
from Grades 8 through 12 represented. (There are also all-female and co-ed
leadership groups at LTS.)
visited five area elementary schools – A.J. McLellan, Cloverdale Traditional,
George Greenaway, Don Christian and Surrey Centre – on Pink Shirt Day, not only
talking about bullying and prevention, but dispelling fears about high school
and providing strategies on how to make the transition to Grade 8 successful.
McLellan, five LTS students had an interactive session with Grade 6 and 7
students, defining types of bullying, where it occurs and examples of
situations where kids might feel ostracized or pressured by peers.
said Grade 12 student Matthew Kingshott, “you might be bullying without knowing
it…by bumping into someone, or not saying hi. You don’t know what’s going on
with them and your actions might just be piling more on.”
in Grade 11 at LTS, said his personal experience being harassed in Grade 9
helps him connect with the younger students.
“We can show
it’s not just some abstract topic,” he said. “If we just spout a bunch of
statistics, they’re not going to relate.”
Fellow LTS student
Jay Rai agreed.
“I’ve been a
bystander and I’ve seen bullying. I think everybody has.”
elementary students in the crowd, hearing from students just a few years older
had an impact.
understand what’s happening when teachers aren’t around,” said Grade 7
student Siena Jones.
what it’s like and understand things like cyberbullying, that adults might not
understand,” added classmate Jordyn Denenfeld.
For Hannah Wingerak, the Power of 1 presentation did far more than allay her fears about high
actually really excited,” she smiled.