Respectful Relationships Week was held from Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August. Many staff and students worked hard to deliver many fun and exciting activities to promote East Doncaster Secondary College’s commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for all members of our school community.
One of the key aspects of Respectful Relationships week involved students and staff asked to commit to a College "charter" or way of thinking about how we treat each other at EDSC. Our College leaders and the RR team produced a "pledge". This simple statement is designed to bring together the philosophy of Respectful Relationships, strongly reject family violence and encourage a safe and respectful environment within our school.
The EDSC Respectful Relationships Pledge:
"All members of our school community have a responsibility to stand up against family violence and the misuse of gender power and control. We foster relationships that are respectful, caring and fair."
Many students and staff signed this pledge throughout the week and participated in many amazing activities.
Students and staff arrived on Monday morning to a display of amazing positive messages and statements in the middle courtyard. Luckily the rain did not manage to wash them away and these managed to stay with us all week.
This positivity continued throughout the week with Positivity Pegs and Positive Messages being distributed amongst students and staff as well as photo opportunities in front of the student designed RR photo board.
Students were given the theme of Respect and had to create a piece of Art or writing for entry into our RR Week Art and Writing Competition. These pieces were on display in the Library all week and students and staff were able to vote. Congratulations to everyone who entered and you will all receive House points for your efforts and prizes were awarded to the students below:
Senior School Art Competition
1st Place – Jenny Cui 10F
2nd Place – Beatrice Chui 11L
3rd Place – Briana Foster 10I
Middle School Art Competition
1st Place – Ravon Chew 9H
2nd Place – Zefang Cui 8F
3rd Place – Zoe Warren 9F
Middle School Writing Competition
1st Place – Mark Knight 8I
2nd Place – Ray Zhang 8I
3rd Place – Sarah Lai 8F
Senior School Writing Competition
1st Place – Yicheng Liu 11I
Wednesday was a huge day with Katie Sutherland, Angie Fusinato and the Food Technology team setting up an amazing Pancake tasting competition. Students were treated to pancakes covered in ice magic, maple syrup, cream, sprinkles, fruit and ice cream. Special mention goes to Leo Zhao and Jarrod Sturnieks who stepped in to do some guest star decorating.
To accompany the food were the musical and dramatic stylings of our staff and students who took on the role of buskers to raise money for World Vision. This event organised by the student leaders was integral to showcasing the talents of our school community and demonstrated the respect we all have for one another.
Thursday again highlighted the diverse talents of our community. The Staff and Students sporting rivalry continued with a Netball Game held in the Stadium. The competition was fierce and even with a late comeback in the second half by the students, the staff won the game.
In the Library, the winners were the students who witnessed the spectacular debate put on by our EDSC debating team. The debaters worked hard to prepare for this and thanks goes to Ms. Edmonds for coordinating this event.
Friday concluded with a Free Dress Day with our Respectful Relationships colours of Red and White being the theme and with the money raised going to World Vision. Our Battle of the Bands was our last major event of the week with a combined staff/student band competing against our Year 12 Band.
It was a loud and exciting way to end, what was a really successful celebration of Respect.
Respectful Relationships Coordinator
Last week, students came together to lay the foundations of promoting respect, resilience and improving student wellbeing. At the start of the week, a group of enthusiastic students decorated the lower courtyard with heart-warming chalk messages and pictures. Which really helped set the tone of the week and brightened everyone's day.
There were a number of activities run by students to spread awareness of the theme 'respect'. During every lunchtime, students had the opportunity to sign the Respectful Relationships pledge "All members of our school community have a responsibility to stand up against family violence and the misuse of gender power and control. We foster relationships that are respectful, caring and fair".
There was also a stall set up, to encourage students to write anonymous positive messages "fuzzy wuzzies", which were later handed out to students and staff to spread positivity. Students and staff had fun in taking pictures in front of our Respectful Relationships themed photo booth.
It was excellent to see students participating in the “Respectful Relationships" art and writing competitions. The week was concluded beautifully by the Staff vs Student netball game and Battle of the Bands. Both of which excellently combined the theme of respectful relationships and good sportsmanship.
The week was a lot of fun and we hope to continue promoting such an important theme throughout the school.
by Cassie Leong Year 12