St Mary's Primary adopts anti-bullying mascot Captain Care
|St Mary’s students showcase the Captain Care posters and key rings|
|Captain Care says, 'Be cool and follow the rules at school'|
|Captain Care says, 'Share, care and be fair'|
On Monday 18 October staff and students from St Mary’s Primary, Rydalmere participated in a ceremony to launch a new mascot, ‘Captain Care’, as part of the school’s positive behaviour program for students.
Captain Care, a superhero-like figure, encourages students to care and respect others. Captain Care’s mottos, ‘Be cool and follow the rules at school’ and ‘Captain Care says, care, share and be fair’, complement the school’s own motto, ‘Care Always, Respect Everyone’.
Captain Care was brought to life by graphic artist, Joseph Sayle, following discussions and concept drawings by teachers and students.
St Mary’s assistant principal, Rosemarie Gosper, said that Captain Care and his mottos will be prominent around the school, featured on posters and on the key ring given to each student during the launch ceremony.
‘The students were really excited to get their key ring,’ said Rosemarie. ‘The key rings and the posters depicting Captain Care serve as a constant reminder for students to care about others and to not tolerate bullying of any form.’
Captain Care is part of the school’s ongoing positive behaviour program which provides information and resources about positive behaviour and anti-bullying to the school community.
‘At St Mary’s we have adopted a consistent approach across the school regarding positive behaviour,’ said Rosemarie. ‘For example, all teachers have cards they carry with them in the classroom and in the playground with a ‘script’ to address issues with students.’
‘We are also in the process of producing a guide for the school community detailing the school’s approach to positive behaviour and dealing with, and preventing, bullying. It outlines ideas parents can use to help their children.’
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