In the lead-up to Pink Shirt Day which was celebrated on May 25, Rotaract Rarotonga ran a competition to highlight the different types of bullying and the damaging impact it can have on others.
Entrants were given the option to best illustrate the anti-bullying theme through any creative method.
Apii Arorangi won the junior section for their video submission highlighting the various types of bullying and how it can be addressed effectively, while the senior grade prize went to Titikaveka College for their hard-hitting video submission which also focused on the drastic impacts of bullying.
Rotaract Rarotonga president Harriet Tuara-Strickland said they were pleased to present the winners of the junior and senior categories with educational resources for their school.
Both classes who were involved in creating their videos each received a box of stationary resources that will benefit the schools.
“We pitched the challenge to all the schools in the Cook Islands and we received a handful of entries from schools that were brave enough to take it on,” Tuara-Strickland said.
“We received about 10 different entries from students as young as Grade 3 and up to Year 9 who displayed their creativity via video submissions, composed songs, poems and posters.
“We were pleased to have the following schools support this year’s campaign; Apii Arorangi, Nukuture College, Titikaveka College, Araura Primary and Penrhyn’s Omoka School.”
Tuara-Strickland also thanked the principals and teachers from schools in Rarotonga and the Pa Enua for supporting the anti-bullying campaign once again this year.
“We are also deeply grateful to all the schools and the business community that donated towards the Pink Shirt Day cause and donned their pink attire on Friday, May 25.
“The awareness of Pink Shirt Day in the community has only grown stronger over the years and it has been gratifying to see young children and adults become more conscious of their actions towards others.
“Rotaract Rarotonga is a non-profit organisation with the mantra to serve above self and is giving back to the community every way it can.”
Meanwhile the Rotaract Rarotonga committee will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday next week at Cafe Ariki.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting. For more details and reservations, contact Rotaract secretary, Rima Moeka’a on 50155.