St Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community
System Update: Nov 2017
Date of Next Review: Nov 2019
“MAINTAINING A PEACEFUL SCHOOL”
“I will gather them…
I will bring them back to this place and make them live in safety.
Then they shall be my people and I will be their God.
I will give them a different heart and different behaviour…”
We at St. Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community, Gisborne, believe that any type of behaviour that fits within the enclosed bullying definition is unacceptable. All members of our school community, including staff, parents and children are committed to ensuring a caring and safe environment, which promotes personal growth and a positive self-esteem.
Bullying is when someone deliberately and repeatedly subjects another person to any form of behaviour, which is hurtful, threatening or frightening and result in them having power over another. It causes distress or hurt at the time or has potential to be a threat in the future. It can take a number of forms, including verbal, physical and psychological.
We at St. Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community believe that:
Every person has a right to learn without interference.
Every person has a right to enjoy a safe and positive environment.
Every person has a right to teach without interference.
Every person needs to develop a sense of responsibility for his or her actions.
Every person needs to have a caring attitude towards themselves and others.
WHAT DO WE DO TO PREVENT BULLYING
As a school community, we will not allow cases of bullying to go unreported so that incidences can be dealt with quickly, seriously and fairly.
This requires community members to:
- Be role models in word and action at all times.
- Be observant of signs of distress or suspected bullying.
- Be aware of the responsibility of the individual / observer.
- Be aware that bystanders can respond in a positive or negative way.
- Make effort to remove occasions for bullying by active supervision at all times.
- Take steps to help ‘victims’ and remove sources of distress.
- Monitor, investigate and agree on a course of action when issues of concern are raised by staff, students and parents.
- Report suspected incidents to appropriate staff members.
This requires students to:
- Refuse to be involved in any bullying situation, including as a negative observer/bystander.
- If appropriate, take preventative action.
- Report the incident to appropriate staff member.
The school recommends that parents:
- Watch for signs of bullying.
- Advise and support their child to report the bullying incidences.
- Inform school of suspected bullying incidents.
- Work in partnership with the school to resolve bullying issues.
- Do not encourage your child to retaliate.
SIGNS OF BULLYING
Some sign that a child may be bullied are:
- Reluctance to attend school.
- Being overly sensitive.
- Becoming overly aggressive.
- Becoming overly withdrawn.
- Asking for extra money.
- Lack of sleep.
- Missing items.
OTHER PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Ensure that once a year, an awareness raising campaign is carried out by:
Students to students.
Staff to students (assemblies, in classroom, formally and informally).
Staff to parents (via newsletter, information nights, assemblies).
Staff to staff (through professional development, staff meetings and other communication).
Regular review of this policy.
“When the staff, students and parents work together, we create a more caring, tolerant and safer Christian environment.”
PROCEDURES TO RESPOND TO BULLYING, HARRASSMENT OR VIOLENCE
If you feel you have or are being bullied, begin with:
Ignoring it, showing outwardly that it doesn’t upset you.
Confront the bully and as calmly as possible, state that their behaviour or action is unwanted and that you want them to stop.
Talk it over with others you trust.
Take the matter to your parents or teacher or a trusted staff member.
Bullies will not stop if they think they can get away with it. This is not dobbing. You have the right to talk it over in confidence and ask that the matter will or will not be reported any further.
Once a matter has been reported
It is the responsibility of that staff member, following discussion with both parties and the classroom teachers of those involved, to establish whether it constitutes bullying as defined in the above definition.
This staff member is required to fill out the “Bullying Report” Pro Forma. This form is left with the Principal to sign.
This photocopy is passed onto the Student Welfare Coordinator who will record all entries into a ‘Central File’ and place the Bullying Report in the child’s file.
If a child has had his / her name entered in the ‘Central File’ on a number of occasions within a school term, a meeting will be convened with the child’s Parents / Guardian to discuss the matter. This meeting’s content will be confidential and recorded and an appropriate course of action agreed upon.
Consequences for students will be individually based and may involve:-
- exclusion from class.
- exclusion from yard.
- school suspension.
- withdrawal of privileges.
- ongoing counselling from appropriate agency for both victim and bully.
- reinforcement of positive behaviours.
- classroom Meetings.
- support structures.
- ongoing monitoring of identified bullies.
- rewards for positive behaviour.
This policy is to be evaluated on a regular basis