Monday September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of generations of Indigenous children who were sent to residential schools across the country. The last residential schools closed less than 25 years ago, after operating for over a century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973. Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform.

The shirt has gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

By wearing and Orange Shirt on Monday September 30th, we will be joining staff and students across the YRDSB, in recognizing the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors.

Character Assemblies are held monthly at GMPS. Our First assembly will take place on Monday September 30th at 9:15 a.m. The Character Value for September is Respect.

Here is a list of the 10 YRDSB Character Values along with some definintions:

We respect ourselves and treat others with courtesy, dignity, and positive regard. We honour the rights of others. We respect their belongings, the environment and the world around us.

We are accountable for all our actions. We follow through on our commitments.
We behave in a sincere, trustworthy, and truthful manner.

We strive to sense and appreciate the emotions of others, to “stand in their shoes.” We demonstrate appreciation of and concern for their feelings. We try to understand issues from their perspectives even though we may not agree with them personally.

We are sensitive to the needs of each individual. We treat each other as we wish to be treated ourselves. We interact with others without stereotyping, prejudice or discrimination. We stand up for human rights.

We act without being prompted by others. We are eager to do what needs to be done without having to be told to do it. We take the first step towards the achievement of a goal.

We stick to a goal and work hard even in the face of obstacles and challenges. We complete all tasks and assignments.

We are truthful and sincere. We ensure consistency between what we say and what we do as well as between what we believe and how we behave.

We face challenges directly. We seek help from others when necessary. We do the right thing even when it may be unpopular. We are able to recognize risks and danger and do not take unwise risks to gain the approval of those around us.

We maintain a positive attitude. We look on the brighter side of situations. We are able to see opportunities even in the face of adversity. We have hope for the future.