Clyde Primary School was a sea of pink on Friday as the entire school, from teachers to new entrants, dressed in Barbie’s favourite shade.
From sparkly hats to pajamas, T-shirts to ponchos, everyone was wearing at least something pink and many went for a full head-to-toe look.
Bakers Harry MacRitchie, Lochy Hawkins and friends at Clyde Primary School organised a bake sale as part of the school’s recognition of Bullying-Free Week and Pink Shirt Day.
With a huge queue of eager buyers, the treats quickly sold out, despite each sale being restricted to two items.
Another group of pupils opened a pink hair and nail salon during lunch break which attracted boys and girls to have their hair sprayed pink and their nails painted pink.
Money raised at the school was donated to the Alexandra based Sticks’n Stones antibullying organisation.
Sticks’n Stones was created by young people for young people. It runs in-school fortnightly sessions for 8 to 18-year-olds to develop the practical skills to challenge and change attitudes, norms and behaviours that lead to or accept bullying.
It also runs online and afterschool drop-ins and holiday workshops.
Pink Shirt Day originated in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed for wearing pink.
Pink Shirt Day has been marked in New Zealand since 2009.