Program lifts school children's spirits
STUDENTS who may otherwise feel marginalised were encouraged to embrace inclusivity by teacher and coordinator Maddie Brown who created Spirit Week.
Ms Brown brought the initiative to life in 2017 to develop stronger connections between Glendyne Middle School and the community.
"Spirit week is based on the idea of school spirit," Ms Brown said.
"The theme of inclusivity has been selected... with the aim of raising moral and strengthening student, staff and community relationships across the whole school.
"They're good kids. They need as much support as they can get, the more support we can get them, the better their futures will be."
Ms Brown said there was activities held throughout the week to encourage students to embrace each other's uniqueness.
She said Tuesday's theme was a superhero versus villain dress up day.
Students Debbie Simmonds, 11, was dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and Brandon Ross, 10, dressed as Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th.
Brandon said he liked Glendyne Middle School because the students looked out for one another.
"If people didn't look out for one another our world would be uncivilised," he said.
Debbie said Glendyne Middle School was her favourite school "because everybody cares about us."
Ms Brown said the feedback was students was positive and gave them a sense of pride in themselves and the school.
"There was a lot talk in the lead up to it and excitement about what the staff might dress as, what their friends might dress as and who 'd be the craziest costume," she said.
"Everyone needs a safe place to belong and to feel valued and a part of something."