Reporting – 1st Place: CHANTELLE NEJNEC & HODMAN ABUKAR
Feature Writing-Long – 1st Place: WEN BO
Critical Writing – Runner-up: MEAGAN LEIDER
Sports Writing-Feature – 1st Place: WILLIAM LLOYD
Sports Writing-Feature – Runner-up: BRANDON WEEKS
Opinion Writing – 1st Place: SAM HOWARD
Comics – 1st Place: CHRIS SHI
Comics – Runner-up: AVISHAI SOL
Photography-News – 1st Place: SAM HOWARD
Photography-Feature – Runner-up: HELEN TANG
Humour – 1st Place: EVELYN MANG
Humour – Runner-up: ANNIE DOANE & FLETCHER MCLAUGHLIN
Best Newspaper-Over 15 Staff – 1st Place: GRAFFITI STAFF
Read the Article about the Award event in the Toronto Star
By Cameron Gilliland
The TDSB’s policies and procedures on bullying are old and outdated, and only provide short time solutions to big problems so they need to be reviewed and improved. The TDSB says on their bullying information page that, “If you are a student who is being bullied, reach out.” While this is a valid statement, many students will feel afraid to involve staff because they are worried it will make their problem worse. Instead, the TDSB should offer more programs and educational tools to students in order to help them be more assertive when dealing with peer to peer strife in a school environment.
Regarding the TDSB’s bullying policy, Mr. Mack believes “It’s effective in identifying the issue and shedding light on the issue of bullying, but it’s a very difficult situation to manage unless you have something concrete to pursue”.
I agree with Mr. Mack that the system and procedures the TDSB has outlined for intervention of bullying is great for identifying the issue, but it can be improved. If we teach students how to handle and de-escalate situations between themselves and a bully, they could stop the bully on the first or second incident, as opposed to getting staff involved after the third our fourth incident. For students that don’t want to get staff involved, I recommend that NTCI should start a peer-to-peer mediation system, so they can reach out to fellow students about an issue and have it mediated and resolved without having to get staff involved. This initiative was implemented at my elementary school, Allenby, and was called Peer Helpers. I found it extremely useful when having issues with other students, because I could talk to a Peer Helper and they would help mediate my issue and resolve it very quick and easily. I feel if the TDSB were to implement conflict resolution coaching and peer-to-peer mediation strategies into their anti-bullying procedures, students will feel more confident in dealing with issues on their own.