Deborah Osei-Adomako engineered a day to leave her peers at Terra Sancta College in excellent spirits.
The global string movement, which aims to disarm bullies, was woven into the year 11 student’s Exo Day event for years 11 and 12 at the Quakers Hill campus.
The campaign encourages people to tie a piece of string around their wrist to show they are not okay with bullying, report instances of bullying and actively discourage it on social media.
‘‘It’s so easy for our generation to bag out people on the internet because there’s no face to it,’’ Deborah said.
‘‘Instead of continuing the negative on social media it’s about creating positivity, encouraging your peers and your friends.
‘‘You don’t know what people are going through or what impact our actions can have on them.
‘‘The idea behind Exo Day was that no matter what you’re going through you can always have a good day or an excellent day.’’
Deborah and a team of students put a proposal for the event to teachers at the end of last year, and took a week after permission was granted to pull it all together.
Games, a sausage sizzle and empowerment talks — themed ‘Man up’ for the boys and ‘You’re worth waiting for’ for the girls — rounded out the day.
Deborah said her favourite part was seeing everyone happy.
‘‘At the end of the day I had a student come up to me who hadn’t been at school all week because someone had passed away,’’ she said.
‘‘He said he would be going to the funeral the next day so the Exo Day was the only good day he had had in the week.
‘‘That had an impact on me because we honestly don’t know what a person is going through, so just to put a smile on someone’s face is a good thing.’’