2024 Māia Week and Pink Shirt Day

Māia week will take place on 13-17 May with Pink Shirt Day finishing off the week with stalls and a mufti day.  The focus of Māia week is our core mercy value of Māia – Courage.  We encourage our girls to show courage to be upstanders and not bystanders.  We treat other people with kindness to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and respected in our Carmel College community. 

Pink Shirt Day, a worldwide movement to reduce bullying in all its forms, is on Friday 17 May.  On this day we encourage our staff and students to Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! 

Bullying in Aotearoa is a real problem.  We have the third-highest rate of school bullying out of 36 OECD countries and one in five workers feels discriminated against or bullied at work.  Those bullied are far more likely to experience mental health issues.  Pink Shirt Day works to reduce bullying and support schools, workplaces and communities to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive for everyone. 

You can learn more about Pink Shirt Day here: www.pinkshirtday.org.nz

FRIDAY 17 MAY – PINK SHIRT DAY  – Students are to wear a pink shirt on Friday and bring a $2 gold coin for mufti.  At lunchtime there will be a range of stalls including food and activities so girls are encouraged to bring money for that also.  All money raised on the day will go to the Mental Health Foundation who support young people in our community. 

Students can wear any pink shirts on Friday.  However, the official Pink Shirt is available from Cotton On https://cottonon.com/NZ/co/co-gifts/charity-gifts/ 

All proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to the Mental Health Foundation.