POSITIVE STUDENT APPROACHES INFORMATION

Positive relationships are vital to all in our community. We expect that all our students will respect each individual.

Bullying behaviour contravenes this expectation and may interfere with a student’s right to strive for excellence in all dimensions of life. All students in our College have the right to an education free from humiliation, harassment and abuse.

The Definition of Bullying

Bullying behaviour is the conscious and deliberate on-going desire to physically, emotionally and verbally jury, threaten or frighten someone else. It is any form of unwelcome attention that is humiliating or intimidating.

Bullying is about lack of power as one person is powerless to stop the teasing or physical abuse. Bullying is the selective, uninvited, repetitive oppression of one person by another person or group.

Bullying behaviour affects the whole school. It can damage the atmosphere of a classroom, cause division in the playground and even involve families and others outside our community. Bullying behaviour does not fit with our College philosophy and the ethos of the Brigidine sisters.

Types of Bullying

Cyber bullying- text messages, emails, chat rooms, blogs

Letter books, notes                       Exclusion                     Property tampering

Death stares, threats, teasing and joking             Rumour mongering

Physical bullying

Brigidine College Approach

  • Provide support to all students involved
  • All sides are heard without bias and all parties involved are given the opportunity  to put right the situation
  • Avoid using names such as “bully or victim.” The student making the complaint will be known as the “complainant.” The other party involved will be known as the “respondent”
  • Students are given the opportunity of a fresh start

Process

  • Students to report their complaint to a trusted member of staff
  • Interview of complainant by the relevant Pastoral Leader
  • The Pastoral Leader will suggest strategies to assist the complainant to try to eliminate the bullying behaviour
  • The complainant will provide a written report of the bullying behaviour
  • The respondent will provide a written report of the bullying
  • An incident report is completed by the Pastroal Leader that will recommend action to be token
  • Parents/Caregivers of the students are informed
  • Strategies are implemented to restore the relationship of those involved, This could include- mediation, counselling and steps to make the situation ‘right’
  • Monitoring occurs by the Pastoral Leader- follow up with both parents/caregivers and students at 2 weeks and 6 weeks
  • Pastoral Leader files incident reports
  • If bullying behaviour continues, the Pastoral Care Team will decide further measures
  • On-going bullying behaviour could affect continuing enrolment of the respondent.