STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Our school rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful learning community that promotes student wellbeing.
Our staff are committed to establishing evidence-based approaches and strategies that promote a positive climate where bullying is less likely to occur.
These guidelines reflect the requirements of the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) Student Anti-Bullying Policy and provide information for our school community to work together to prevent and address issues of student bullying.
Types of Bullying Behaviour
Bullying behaviour is complex and can take many forms, including physical, verbal, and social (or relational) bullying. All of these forms of bullying can take place in the physical environment and/or in the digital environment and all can cause damage and harm. Bullying behaviour can be overt (direct and easily observed) or covert (indirect and hidden or less easily observed).
All allegations of bullying are taken seriously to ensure they are followed up thoroughly.
Bullying behaviour is not:
Promoting a Positive School Culture
All members of the school community are active participants in building a welcoming school culture that values diversity and fosters positive relationships. Positive parent engagement and strong and respectful student voice will be actively promoted to create a collaborative, supportive and inclusive school culture. A key component of a supportive school culture is building respectful relationships and an ethos that bullying is not accepted, in both online and offline environments. School staff will actively respond to student bullying behaviour.
GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
What can parents/carers do?