White Ribbon Day 

Wirreanda Secondary School has committed to the White Ribbon “ Breaking the Silence “ in schools programs as part of the primary prevention of violence against women. We recognise that the primary prevention of violence against women is an important first step to use an educational setting as a platform to raise awareness and build a culture of respectful relationships.
Today we showed our support and raised awareness by;

A lunchtime BBQ that facilitated conversations and enabled us to keep up with already established traditions.
A lunchtime staff v’s students basketball match which attracted many enthusiastic players and supporters.
An area set was up for students to contribute to the ‘rise up’ SOUTHERN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INITIATIVE supported by the city of ONKAPRINGA to decorate a t-shirt with a message of hope. 
Pledge boards where staff and students were encouraged to photograph colleagues and peers holding a ‘we swear’ poster and post them to social media using the hashtags #decdWRD2016 and #WhiteRibbonDay.
Students represented Wirreanda Secondary School by going to the WHITE RIBBON BREAKFAST at the Adelaide Convention Centre, thank you to Alicia Dean was facilitating the morning.

A fantastic lunchtime event that had music, entertainment, facilitated awareness and as always exhibited a community building a culture of respect.

Huge thanks to the White Ribbon Team – Jamie Maniero, Ben Menzies, Ralf Pirone and James Skehan for organising today’s event.

Thanks to Azra for her BBQ skills, Amber,  Josh and the peer support students for helping with the set up of the day and Jake for assisting with his DJ skills.


Projects Abroad Movies, BBQ’s and Hard Work

We can’t believe it is only 8 weeks until we take off on our amazing adventure to Camboida. The staff and students working on the project are getting excited and working hard towards the finish line. The group which consist of 15 students, 3 staff and 5 volunteers have been busy organising and running fundraising events to support the project. Our amazing year 12 students Beccy and Jake organised a Movie Night showing Transformers 4 at Marion which raised $1200! Local businesses and community members supported the group with donations for a raffle and we were blown away by the support of our community with 160 tickets sold to students, staff, parents, friends and family! 

The team and extra volunteers ran a Bunning’s BBQ at Noarlunga raising $1800. All of the students worked extremely hard on the day and the staff from Wirreanda rolled up their sleeves to support the group. Bruce’s Meats at Mitcham helped us with extremely generous donation of sausages, which received rave reviews. We cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support.

Each day we get excited to read updates from the school we are working with on Facebook, it has really helped us to remember what children and teachers have to endure to have an education in Cambodia. We can’t wait to go over and build a new kindy room for the children and their teachers.  

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Camilla West – Projects Abroad Lead Teacher