Rainbow Prefect and Columba College

Rainbow Prefect and Columba College

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Jasmine Davis started this petition to Columba College Staff

Columba College is a school that prides itself on inclusivity and diversity. We are a modern forward-thinking school and that is reflected in the students. So the question is, why don’t we have prefects to reflect this?

I propose that the school introduces a rainbow prefect. This would be a member of the rainbow youth group, or someone willing to be an advocate for rainbow issues. This person would help in directing student-led mufti days, fundraisers and be a liaison to the school community. In addition, the carefully selected Rainbow prefect would be encouraged to partake in involving themselves with the younger demographic of Columba College students and would empathetically and confidentiality provide a space of support in regarding students' questions, ideas and perceptions of sexuality and gender identity from within themselves and where they fit regarding the wider-school community.  

As a member of the rainbow community, I depended on the advice and aid of older people who know who they are, however, due to the fact that I didn't know anyone I was forced to rely on the wildly misinformed internet. If I had an older person in my school that I could have talked to it would have made my life a lot better.

This proposal would benefit the school and fit into the GRACE principles that our school values. Good discipline would be shown by having someone willing to show the merits of the rainbow community. Respect would be shown by having someone to communicate and dispel stereotypes and misinformation. Aroha will be shown through having a figurehead showing people that they can love whoever they want. Citizenship would be shown through the prefect supporting the school, and the rainbow students, helping them come to terms with their gender and sexuality and learn who they are with a supportive ‘older sibling’. Excellence will be shown through the fact that when people have a representative for them, someone to talk to and relate to it will take a load of their minds so they can focus more on their academics.

So in conclusion, I believe that Columba College should introduce a rainbow prefect. Someone to help others and the school, and to introduce a feeling of safety for younger students. This would be a good addition to the school and would show how we are a diverse and inclusive community.

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