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Bully Buster

 

​Positive relationships, safe school

Through positive actions, we aim to create and maintain a safe learning environment through the reduction of bullying or harassment so that school is a happy place for all students. If bullying does occur, we have strategies to address these matters outlined in our Policy.

Summary

Bullying is typically repeated and intentional hurt inflicted on someone by words or actions of another person or group to exert power. Parents and the school working in partnership will have the most significant impact on reducing bullying or harassment.

Policy

Bullying can take many forms:

Verbal

  • Name calling or persistent teasing,
  • Threatening, or
  • Ridiculing another person’s appearance, physique or actions.

Physical

  • Pushing, poking, shoving, spitting, or
  • Deliberately damaging property.

Indirect

  • Spreading rumours, malicious gossip,
  • Deliberately hiding property,
  • Ignoring and persistent exclusion from friendship circles, social exclusion.

Cyber

  • Deliberate inappropriate use of mobile phone, text messaging and internet communications.
 
These actions demonstrate there has been a breakdown in relationship between students. 

What is not bullying?

One-off occurrences of punching, fighting, theft; and/or name calling are not bullying.
These one-off incidents do not represent a break‐down in relationship between two students. This type of behaviour will be dealt with under the school’s behaviour management plan.

Minimising bullying

Numerous activities are undertaken to develop strong friendly relationships between students. Some of these include:
  • a transition program from primary to high school;
  • self-esteem, relationship development and anti‐bullying programs run in Phoenix Classes;
  • student mentor program;
  • student council promoting positive bystander behaviour;
  • cross age extra‐curricular activities;
  • year level camps;
  • year level coordinators or Team Leaders working with smaller cohorts of students;
  • special support programs for improving low self esteem and socialization skills;
  • undertaking annual survey of students regard their bullying concerns, and
  • using the data from the National Safe School Framework survey to inform improvements in practice.

When bullying occurs, what should be done?

By the students

  • Initially use appropriate responses to solve the problem (e.g. walk away)
  • Seek intervention by reporting bullying to a teacher, support staff or parent
  • Demonstrate positive bystander behaviour and tell a teacher, support staff or parent if they see another student being bullied
  • Never ignore the situation

By the parent

  • Model appropriate behaviour at all times
  • Support the school’s philosophy
  • Watch for signs of your child being bullied
  • Encourage your child to adopt the anti‐bullying strategies taught at school
  • Instruct your child to immediately tell a teacher or support staff if they are bullied
  • Inform the school immediately of any suspected bullying

By teachers

  • Model appropriate behaviour at all times
  • Reassure the individual that bullying is unacceptable. Listen to the student and ask what you can do to help
  • Use shared concern intervention tool as appropriate
  • Provide advice, intervene and monitor.
  • Record all reported incidents on OneSchool, and make a referral to the Year Coordinator/Team Leader.
 
No bully zone

Email us with information about any bullying concerns.

Note: We cannot deal with anonymous complaints. Please provide your contact details.

 

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