ACT!

ACT! is Regina Public Schools anti-racism, cross-cultural youth leadership program. ACT! School Teams are established in elementary and high schools throughout the system.

ACT! Team members work to raise the global community of their schools through positive action and support of all students. This grade 6 to 12 program also allows often marginalized students smooth transitions from the elementary to the high school level.

The ACT! Program gives students and staff the tools to take on a leadership role in their community. ACT! Members work together to create respectful learning communities free from discrimination, prejudice, stereotyping and racism in the hopes of achieving equitable opportunities and outcomes for all of our students.

ACT! Day Retreats

There are two main events that the ACT! program focuses on during the school year. First is the ACT! high school training retreat which is followed by ACT! elementary day retreats. At the ACT! high school training retreat students participate in a number of activities designed to encourage discussion around racism, discrimination, labeling, identity, culture, trust, community, reconciliation and bullying. In the following weeks ACT! High School students and staff host ACT! Elementary Retreats for the schools in their area where students deliver the activities they participated in at the training retreat. All retreats are student facilitated with assistance from ACT! High School teachers providing strong leadership opportunities for students.

All ACT!, Respect Ed, ME to WE, GSA, Peer Support and Social Justice groups are welcome to attend an ACT! Retreat with their school. Specific information and links about the various retreats are provide below. 

Nicolle Montague
ACT! Coordinator Ph:(306) 523-3112 nicolle.montague@rbe.sk.ca

 

ACT! Training Retreat for High School Students

Wednesday, November 15th 2017 at Dallas Valley Ranch Camp

Each school is guaranteed spots for ten students and one teacher.

Two substitute teachers are reserved for each school. When booking a substitute teacher for this event it must be indicated that the supervising teacher is attending an ACT! Retreat.

SA1 forms must be submitted to your principal three weeks before the retreat takes place.

This event is provided free of charge for all students and teachers. Bussing will be booked and paid for by the ACT coordinator.

ACT Retreat for High School Students - Permission Form

ACT Retreat for High School Students - Attendance List

 

ACT! Retreats for Elementary School Students 2017

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017- Martin - Seven Stones, Harbour Landing, Connaught, Buck

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 - Knoll - Lee, McDonald, Ferguson, Janzen

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 - Thom - McDermid, Pawson, Imperial, Centenial

Wednesday November 29th, 2017 - Campbell - Lakeview, Hunt, Ready, Bryant

 

Each school is guaranteed spots for eight students and one teacher. However, additional spots are often available.

One substitute teacher is reserved for each school. When booking a substitute teacher for this event it must be indicated that the supervising teacher is attending an ACT! Retreat.

Students will be transported by bus as arranged by the ACT Coordinator. A schedule of pick up times will be emailed a week before each retreat.

Lunch is provided for students free of charge.

ACT Retreat for Elementary School Students - Permission Form

ACT Retreat for Elementary School Students - Attendance List

 

ACT! Clothing

If you have not already done so please set up an ACT account at your school to deposit funds into. Once all of your students have paid for their clothing e-mail nicolle.montague@rbe.sk.ca and Cathy Johnson at cathy.johnson@rbe.sk.ca indicating the amount and the account number from which the funds should be taken.

Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates' T-shirt campaign

Two Nova Scotia students are being praised across North America for the way they turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink. The victim - a Grade 9 boy at Central Kings Rural High School in the small community of Cambridge - wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up, students said. Two Grade 12 students - David Shepherd and Travis Price - heard the news and decided to take action. "I just figured enough was enough," said Shepherd. They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear to school the next day. Then the two went online to e-mail classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a "sea of pink." But a tsunami of support poured in the next day. Not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe. When the bullied student, who has never been identified, walked into school to see his fellow students decked out in pink, some of his classmates said it was a powerful moment. He may have even blushed a little. "Definitely it looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders. He went from looking right depressed to being as happy as can be," said Shepherd. And there's been nary a peep from the bullies since, which Shepherd says just goes to show what a little activism will do. "If you can get more people against them ... to show that we're not going to put up with it and support each other, then they're not as big as a group as they think they are," he says.

The students' "sea of pink" campaign did not go unnoticed outside the province. U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres expressed interest in their story, and other schools are talking about holding their own "pink day." "It's been totally overwhelming for us. I mean we're just two local boys and I mean we're getting calls from like Alaska and e-mails. It's just phenomenal the support that we've gotten from across the globe," said Price. The school principal, understandably, was flush with pride. "You're always hearing about the youth of the world and how bad things are. Well, they're not that bad," said Stephen Pearl.