Talmud Torah has implemented the internationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Talmud Torah is one of only a few select Edmonton schools to have the opportunity to take part in this well researched and successful program. School staff has undergone extensive Olweus Program training. The program includes the services of a part time child psychologist at the school.
Program Launch Event
On December 8th, 2009 Talmud Torah students, staff and parents celebrated the launch of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It was an educational, inspirational and interactive evening that showcased the work that is taking place in our school.
Talmud Torah is taking proactive and preventative measures to ensure our students continue to grow and excel in a safe and caring environment. It is also our goal to help build empathy and resilience in our students to prepare them for the challenges in the years ahead. With the help of Jenifer Fontaine, psychologist with EPSB, parents were presented with information about the effects of bullying, the long-term ramifications as well some behaviours that might indicate bullying is taking place. The chairman of the Evan Society, Jon Rossall, also presented on behalf of the foundation. This group is working to implement the Olweus program in as many EPSB schools as possible. It was a very informative evening for both parents and students and we were thrilled with the turn-out.
Our Junior High students made our school very proud that evening. The Grade 7 class presented their Powerpoint slide show on “Heroes” and the Grade 9 class performed their music video and song to “Eye of the Tiger”. Both presentations showed a great deal of thought, insight and creativity.
Our elementary students took part in a variety of engaging activities that showcased the ongoing work at the classroom level. The students did a fantastic job of demonstrating the skills and attitudes they have learned through the Olweus program.
Austen Radowits is a 15 year-old young man who sustained a brain injury at the age of 14. This injury is known as a Diffused Axonal brain injury. Austen’s recovery from his physical injury was difficult and became even more complicated by stresses placed on him by being a target of bullying in his school environment.
Austen’s presentation began as a “communications project” for his 4H club. Given the encouragement from his support group and seeing a need in the community, Austen has taken the “bull or bully by the horns” and is out telling his story. Austen has recently been in touch with CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers), and they are in the process of making him a member.
Our Junior High students and parents had the privilege of hearing Austen’s story and how he is coping with the after effects of being the target of bullying. Austen tells his story today with the hope of touching the life of at least one person.
An Open Letter from the Radowits Family