A person is bullied when one or more other people expose them regularly and over time to negative or harmful actions. Bullies are people who deliberately set out to intimidate, exclude, threaten and/or hurt others repeatedly. Bullying is a clear form of harassment.
· The school will provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted, and in so doing, all will have the right of respect from others, the right to learn or to teach, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment.
· To reinforce within the school community what bullying is, and the fact that it is unacceptable.
· Everyone within the school community to be alert to signs and evidence of bullying and to have a responsibility to report it to staff whether as observer or victim.
· To ensure that all reported incidents of bullying are followed up appropriately and that support is given to both victims and perpetrators.
· To seek parental and peer-group support and co-operation at all times.
· Parents, teachers, students and the community will be aware of the school’s position on bullying.
· The school will adopt a four-phase approach to bullying.
A. Primary Prevention:
· Professional development for staff relating to bullying, harassment and proven counter measures.
· Community awareness and input relating to bullying, its characteristics and the school’s programs and response.
· To provide programs that promote resilience, life and social skills, assertiveness, conflict resolution and problem solving.
· A bullying survey and yard survey will be administered and acted upon annually.
· ‘You Can Do It Education’ program implemented across the school.
· Each classroom teacher to clarify at the start of each year the school policy on bullying.
· The curriculum to include anti-bulling messages and strategies eg: ‘The Friendly Schools’ and ‘No Blame Approach to Bullying’ programs.
· Junior School Council, staff and students to promote the philosophy of ‘No Put Downs’.
· Electives and structured activities available to students at recess and lunch breaks.
B. Early Intervention:
· Promote children and staff reporting bullying incidents involving themselves or others.
· Classroom teachers and principal on a regular basis reminding students and staff to report incidents of bullying.
· Parents encouraged to contact school if they become aware of a problem.
· Public recognition and reward for positive behaviour and resolution of problems.
· Once identified each bully, victim and witnesses will be spoken with, and all incidents or allegations of bullying will be fully investigated and documented.
· Students and staff identified by others as bullies will be informed of allegations.
· Both bullies and victims will be offered counselling and support.
· If student bullying persists parents will be contacted and consequences implemented consistent with the school’s Student Code of Conduct.
· If staff bullying persists the principal will commence formal disciplinary action.
D. Post Violation:
· Consequences for students will be individually based and may involve:-
- exclusion from class.
- exclusion from yard.
- school suspension.
- withdrawal of privileges.
- ongoing counselling from appropriate agency for both victim and bully.
· Reinforcement of positive behaviours.
· Classroom Meetings.
· Support Structures.
· Ongoing monitoring of identified bullies.
· Rewards for positive behaviour.
· Consequences for staff will be individually based and may involve:-
- a period of monitoring
- a formal support group
- disciplinary actions