Sir Frederick Banting SS receives Premier’s Safe Schools Award
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School has received the Premier’s Safe Schools Award for creativity and leadership in promoting a safe and inclusive school climate.
Banting is one of only 10 schools across Ontario to receive the award.
The student population at Banting is drawn from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and needs, including students who are new to Canada and may face language barriers.
Regardless of background, the school strives to offer all students equal opportunities and an inclusive environment.
The school’s Safe and Healthy Schools Committee – a group of about 60 students from Grades 9 through 12, assisted by staff advisors – plays a key role organizing events and activities to promote a safe and inclusive environment at Banting.
Some of these campaigns included: The Upstander campaign, Sea of Pink, Shine the Light on Woman Abuse, Buckets of Kindness and the White Ribbon Campaign.
The student-led Upstander campaign saw student leaders visit each Banting classroom to encourage students to sign an anti-bullying pledge. The pledges were displayed prominently on the door of each classroom and in the school foyer.
The “We Belong to Banting” campaign was aimed at new students and included a “Wildcard Event” involving a sleepover at the school for Grade 8 students. The event was led by 90 senior Banting students who took on many roles, including “skill builders,” and provided leadership models for the younger students.
One Banting student commented on the success of these initiatives, saying she is “proud to attend an accepting, special school” and feels that the school's resources for helping students resolve conflict have resulted in a school where bullying is almost non-existent.
Banting has been well supported by TVDSB Safe Schools Programming by hosting several drama presentations related to issues such as: mental illness, harassment, bullying, cyber bulling and dating violence. Each of these presentations incorporated classroom activities led by trained peer facilitators from Banting.
For More Information:
Paula Greenberg, Principal
Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School
Barb Sonier, Superintendent – Safe Schools
Thames Valley District School Board,
1250 Dundas Street E. London N6A 5L1
?519-452-2000 ext. 20078 email@example.com