St Brigid's College students dedicate week to White Ribbon and domestic violence

St Brigid's year 12 VCAL students organised a White Ribbon week at the school. Harry Bryan, Brendan Petrass, White Ribbon Ambassador Simone O'Brien, Mitchell Gaulke and Josh Hedt. Picture: Elijah Macchia
St Brigid's year 12 VCAL students organised a White Ribbon week at the school. Harry Bryan, Brendan Petrass, White Ribbon Ambassador Simone O'Brien, Mitchell Gaulke and Josh Hedt. Picture: Elijah Macchia

“I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”

These are the words of a St Brigid’s College oath, which students video recorded in their home-rooms this week.

The videos will be put together and screened at a White Ribbon trivia night at Coughlin Park on Friday June 15.

It is part of White Ribbon Week at the college, which was organised by the year 12 VCAL students to raise money and awareness for the foundation. The final amount of money raised will be announced after the trivia night.

The foundation helps victims who have suffered from domestic abuse. 

Ambassador Simone O’Brien, who spoke at the college’s assembly on Friday, said St Brigid’s College was going to be labelled a White Ribbon school in the near future. 

“What has been happening around the school and what the boys have been doing has helped the school go ahead and become a ‘White Ribbon school’,” she said. 

“I’m so proud of them.”

Student Brendan Petrass said the group of students started with a trivia night in 2017 and decided to make it even bigger this year. 

“It’s sort of a continue-on from last year,” he said. 

“We have made a proper week out of it this week with extra activities to raise money.” 

Brendan said the group put together prayers for students to say each morning in their homeroom. 

“We put statistics up around the school and later in the week we made a Kahoot quiz for everyone to see if they remembered the statistics,” he said. 

Harry said he was proud of what the group of students had achieved and thinks the message had been received by the college’s students.