Papamoa College went pink yesterday when it marked Pink Shirt Day a day early.
About 60 per cent of the school donned pink clothing. They also had music, a dance crew, a pink themed photo booth and a sausage sizzle at lunchtime to make a stand against bullying.
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Adrienne Whiteley, 17, who runs the school's Big Brother's Club which supports younger students, said although she had not dealt with bullying specifically in her role, other members had. Adrienne's siblings had been bullied, so she knew what an important issue it was.
Adrienne said the day had gone well, with a large number of students involved. They had an assembly the day before to outline the reasons behind Pink Shirt Day.
Adrienne said the event was part of a promotion for the Big Brother's Club, to outline what they do and raise awareness.
Papamoa College acting principal Catherine Neidhardt said it showed a very caring school community. "I'm incredibly proud of our students," she said.
Pink Shirt Day is celebrated every year on May 20. It started in Cananda in 2007 when students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a student was bullied for wearinga pink shirt.
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For more information go to: www.pinkshirtday.org.nz.