Today we take action and stand together in CARE on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a school, SMGS stands together not only today but every day, with CARE at the forefront of all that we do. Of paramount importance to what we do, is our belief in an open demonstration of our School’s values. Our School values allow for a common thread, a common goal, and give context for our daily interactions.

The week has seen students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and staff from all sectors of the school work together to understand the place that our core values have over the course of our school day and our lives every day. Activities such as friendship trees, the making of posters and robust discussion about ‘being an upstander’ have peppered our week, alongside education around what we know about bullying and what we might do about bullying. The week culminated in a whole school photo of CARE:

Courage is acting with conviction. To face our challenges with determination and to accept responsibility for our actions.

Authenticity is about being a genuine presence. To live in the moment with integrity and represent one’s true nature or beliefs.

Respect is valuing every member of our community. We celebrate diversity, difference and demonstrate such in our attitude, relationships and environment.

Empathy is the willingness to understand others. Empathetic people are curious and possess a desire to know and understand another person’s perspective or circumstance.

Overlooking the stunning Lake Jindabyne, in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, staff and students of Snowy Mountains Grammar School stood together to remind each other of our commitment to our School values, which, when truly embraced, allow us to stand together as one against bullying and violence.

Jennifer Thompson, Head of Middle School