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					                                              Anti Bullying Plan
                                                      Countering Bullying

Revised February 2007   Why we have an anti-bullying plan/counter bullying

                        All students and staff should feel safe and valued at school. Bullying if not challenged can
                        lead to may varied consequences, either short or long-term in nature, for both the bully and
                        the bullied student. Our school community has determined that we do not support bullying
                        of any kind and that we will work together to prevent bullying occurring in our school.

                        Bullying occurs when there is “repeated oppression, psychological or physical, on a less
                        powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons” (Rigby,K.1996:15)
                        Bullying contains seven key features:
                            1. an intention to be hurtful
                            2. this intention is carried out
                            3. the behaviour harms the bullied student
                            4. the bully overwhelms the bullied student with his or her power
                            5. there is often no justification for the action
                            6. the behaviour repeats itself again and again
                            7. the bully derives a sense of satisfaction from hurting the bullied student.

                        Forms of Bullying…..
                        Bullying can occur in a number of ways. Most often with young people bullying will be one
                        of the following:
                        Physically bullying – fighting, kicking, punching, hitting, shoving, pinching, abusive
                        gestures and moving in close on the bullied student’s personal space.
                        Verbal bullying – using words in a malicious way to cause distress eg. Teasing, swearing,
                        using put-downs, spreading nasty rumours, using stand-over tactics and making repeated
                        abusive phone calls.
                        Extortion - blackmail, threatening or forcing the handover of money
                        Visual Bullying – passing insulting letter from student to student or placed in the bullied
                        student’s bag, graffiti, e-mails and SMS messages.
                        Exclusion - deliberately being left out of a game or group, ignoring and not acknowledging
                        their presence.
                        Racial bullying – negative labeling, put-down comments and gestures about one’s race or
                        Sexual bullying – obscene drawings and gestures, rude jokes about the bullied student,
                        brushing up against the bullied student, unwarranted touching and asking questions of a
                        sexual nature to shame and embarrass.
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                                Bullying no way….Bystander
Students have an important      A bystander is some (student or teacher) who witnesses the bullying behaviour.
role to play to stop bullying   Bystanders can play a powerful role in encouraging or discouraging bullying behaviours.
               in our school.   Students are encouraged to support the student being bullied rather than actively or
                                passively encourage. A bystander can help by encouraging their peer to walk away and
                                then supporting that person.
                                Students can take an active role to prevent bullying. If they see someone being bullied
                                students can:
                                    • not join in;
                                    • tell an adult (teacher/parent) or take the student being bullied to tell someone
                                         who can help (eg. Anti-bullying coordinator);
                                    • call a teacher for help immediately;
                                    • ask the bullied student if he or she feels okay;
                                    • show care for the bullied student by standing near him or her;
                                    • distract the bully to allow the bullied student to escape;
                                    • ask the bullied student to join your group of activity;
                                    • let the bully know that we do not tolerate bullying at this school;
                                    • write a note about the bullying, place it in an envelope and drop it into the front
                                         office through the excursion payment slot.

We will adopt the “bullying     Helping a friend…
                                Students do not always tell teachers about bullying, but a significant number do tell a
no way” slogan along with
                                friend. We encourage the friends to tell a teacher or their own parents who can then
 the ‘tell someone” culture
                                ensure that the school is informed of the incident and can take action. Over time we hope
to promote anti-bullying in
                                that friends will report all bullying incidents to a teacher.
                the school.
                                Consequences for bullies…
                                There will be an escalating series of consequences for students who bully. The initial
                                bullying incident will result in either a referral to peer mediation or counselling and the
                                bully’s name will be entered onto the appropriate register.
                                If bullying behaviour continues, parents will be involved in the remediation program and
                                appropriate consequences will range from compulsory attendance at a bullying prevention
                                conference through loss of playground privileges to removal from classes and or

 Parents we need your help      Support for students being bullied…
                                At the same time there will be ongoing support for the student being bullied. After the
to make this policy work for
                                initial bullying incident, the bullied student will be counseled by a teacher or referred to
     our school community.
                                peer mediation and placed on the appropriate register.

                                Should this student continue to be bullied, further counselor/parent support and
                                intervention programs will be put in place. Where appropriate this will include enlisting
                                the expertise of outside agencies.

                                Parents can help…
                                If you are aware of instances of bullying it is helpful if you can notify the Year Advisor as
                                early as possible so that interventions can be put in place before the problem escalates. In
                                addition if your young person is either bullying or being bullied there are strategies you
                                can try at home to assist them minimize threatening and bullied student behaviours in all
                                aspects of their lives. Some information on these strategies is available from the school.
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    Management (Staff Copy)
    The following strategies will be used:

        Students will be encouraged to report bullying to a friend, a teacher and
        their parents. Students can also leave a note in the anti-bullying box in
        the aides office.
        Friends will be encouraged to report bullying to help the person who told
        told them about the incident
        Teachers will be encouraged to deal with an incident immediately
        Bullying reports will go to the Stage Adviser unless it involves
        violence when it will be reported directly to the Deputy Principal
        First instances of bullying will be dealt with by the Stage Adviser and could involve
        counselling or it could be referred to peer mediation
        Names of both the bully and bullied students will be recorded on RISC and
        appropriate letters sent to parents.
        Peer mediators will work with students to resolve minor conflicts
        If a student is reported a second time for bullying the student will have further for no-
        blame counseling and letter home.
        If a student is referred a subsequent time for being bullied, the student will
.       be referred to the school counsellor and the parents will be informed and
        invited to help develop a plan to assist their young person. This may involve
        assistance from outside agencies. Students will be placed on Level 1
        Students to stay on Level 1 until 3 weeks of no-bullying and have completed
        2 sessions of no-blame counseling. Names to remain on register.
        The minority of students who continue to persist in bullying behaviour will
        lose their privileges and discipline actions will be implemented as per
        school and DET guidelines.

        Strategies for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan:

        Re-survey students and staff each 6 terms and compare data
        Re-survey parents each 6 terms and compare data
        Track identified students over 6 terms through RISC as a indicator of effect of

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