The month of November was busy to say the least.

This month endured a month-long initiative being “Movember” supporting the physical and mental health of men globally.

White Ribbon Day also occurred raising awareness of men’s violence against women and the preventative actions we as young men can do to eliminate violence against women in the future.

The “Movember” movement started early in Week 4 with the kick-off of the annual Movember Games.

Week 4 re-introduced the push-up and plank challenges. An impressive 93 push-ups were completed in two minutes by a student from year 10. The plank challenge brought a crowd with it as a combined 27 students and staff physically challenged themselves to see who could hold the longest plank. Three competitors trumped the nine minute mark, but it was Sooban Sharif (Year 9) who was victorious holding his plank for 9:44 minutes! Week 5 held the soccer juggle challenge and some serious skill was displayed with some participants clocking up over 200 juggles in two minutes! A raffle was also run to help promote Movember with all proceedings being added to the total tally of over $4500 donated by St Dominic’s as a collective.

White Ribbon Day was acknowledged at St Dominic’s throughout the week leading up to the 23rd with ribbons and wristbands being sold to help boost the initiative. An assembly was also held on the 23rd (White Ribbon Day) raising awareness for men’s violence against women and exposing students to what they can do to take preventative action and eliminate men’s violence against women in the future. A presence form both staff and students reading the ways in which men can help to prevent violence against women added to the importance of White Ribbon Day here at St Dominic’s. The following Sunday the annual White Ribbon Walk was participated in by both staff and students.

The month of November has been a good challenge and learning curve for the Prefects that will lead us into the 2019 year, learning the roles and responsibilities each holds into making an initiative or movement successful and inclusive.

Keegan Brady 

Communication Prefect 2019