Anti-Bullying Stance

St Brigid’s is committed to the provision of a safe and supportive environment free from harassment and intimidation and which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem for all, both in and out of the classroom. 

Definition

The National Safe Schools Framework (2011) defines bullying as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

Cyberbullying

“…any form of bullying that utilises technology such as instant messaging, online chat rooms, online bulletin boards and email. In many ways this is a more insidious form of bullying since it may reach into a victim’s home.” In other words, technology now allows the bully to inflict psychological harm on his or her victim anywhere and anytime without respite. (Schools and the Law – Des Butler and Ben Matthews, p. 46).

Responsibilities of Staff

  • To model appropriate behaviour at all times
  • To follow the school Behaviour Management Plan (BMP)
  • To follow school policies and procedures
  • To build positive relationships and open communication with students and their families
  • Evaluate the policy annually.

Responsibilities of Children

  • To ‘tell’ if they are feeling unsafe and/or unhappy at school
  • To follow the school Behaviour Management Plan (BMP)

Responsibilities of Parents

  • To work with the school community to encourage self-respect and tolerance
  • To understand that conflict is a normal part of relationships
  • To watch for signs that their child may be feeling unsafe and/or unhappy
  • To communicate any concerns with the classroom teacher
  • To support school policies and procedures.
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