THE stance opposing violence against women by St Patrick’s College could hardly have been any clearer yesterday.
The entire college banded together to spell out the word “no!” on the main oval, showing its commitment to stamping out domestic violence as part of the lead-up to White Ribbon Day.
More than 1150 students and 120 staff stood as one, not just to spell out the simple two-letter word, but to take a firm stance – that domestic violence cannot be tolerated.
It was the first time the college had taken the stance, and college headmaster Dr Peter Casey said it was crucial that the school stood strong in the campaign.
“We think it’s important that being the only boys school in the area that we’re very conscious about putting this before our boys as an issue and making them aware that it’s always appropriate that they should always say no to domestic violence,” he said.
“Having something very visual like this, it’s a way they will always remember what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
“Hopefully then that will influence their life decisions.”
Newly elected college captain for 2013, Peter Oakley, said the students were the future adults of society and they had to start preaching the message early.
White Ribbon Day will be held on Sunday, November 25.