At Brigidine we have in place an anti-bullying approach and encourage respect for all. Our students have the right to an education free from humiliation, harassment and abuse.
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 ongoing 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
At Brigidine, we take our approach to our students’ wellbeing very seriously. If there is an issue with any student, we follow this process to ensure:
- Support is provided to all students involved
- All sides are heard without bias and all parties involved are given the opportunity to put right the situation
- Names such as “bully or victim” are avoided. 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
- 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 Pastoral Leader that will recommend action to be taken
- 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 two weeks and six 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.