Whole-school photo of Cromwell College students and staff showing their support for Pink Shirt Day by spelling out PINK in the college gym Photo Lachlann Mactaggart.

‘Kindness Costs Nothing but Means Everything’

It was a fun day with an important message, and Cromwell College students embraced it with enthusiasm.

The purpose of Pink Shirt Day at College was to promote kindness and inclusiveness around diversity. 

The Day, held last Friday, 20 May, was part of the school’s KICK campaign, promoting Kindness, Inclusion, Care and the school Kawa. 

It joined a nation-wide Bullying Free New Zealand Week, 16-26 May. The national message being ‘Small Ripples Create Big Waves’.

Stick n Stones (anti-bullying) group members, the college prefects and the Youth Council all had a part in promoting the KIND message.

Principal Mason Stretch praised the leadership of the prefects in this campaign, saying, “Congratulations to our prefects for organising a well-structured and respectful occasion with our first whole-school assembly of the year. They were a great help coordinating the full school photo, with students in mufti pink donating to the Mental Health Foundation.”

The prefects will also be sharing a video with Whānau classes this week.

Pink Day also featured student competitions for best-dressed mufti students, design a T-shirt and class photo competitions, run by Sticks n Stones  members to promote the message of kindness and inclusiveness.

Teacher Kirsty Andrews says, “It is awesome to see so many students and teachers get behind this cause and raising money for the Mental Health Foundation.”

‘If everybody says something, we can change everything”