Leading the way in respectful relationships education
White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) understands that engaging with children and young people is key to creating social change and ending men's violence against women. Bass Hill PS is an official White Ribbon School.
The Breaking the Silence Program complements our existing school curricula, giving teachers and students the opportunity to embed respectful relationships education in a way that is meaningful and sustainable for Bass Hill. It integrates with our Positive Behaviour for Learning Framework as well as the Wellbeing Framework.
As a way of developing respectful relationships, we partnered with Bankstown Youth Development Service in 2016 to run their REPSECT program at our school with a group of Stage 3 boys. These workshops resulted in a song that reflected the boys new understanding of gender violence and how men can take a part in ending that in Australia.
The boys performed the song at the 2016 NSW Women's Health Conference in Sydney. The original song "Speak Up Now & Don't Be Silent" encapsulates the anti-violence philosophy behind the RESPECT program and has led to a huge growth in awareness and performance skills in the participating boys, as well as a great public outcome.