We regard bullying as totally unacceptable. Students are encouraged to assume a major responsibility for its prevention. Staff take reported incidences seriously.
The School acknowledges the right of each member of the School Community to enjoy school in a secure environment free from verbal, gestural, sexual or physical harassment.
The School promotes positive habits of self-respect, self-discipline, and responsibility amongst all its members.
The School has a clear commitment to promoting equity in general and gender equity in particular in all aspects of its functioning. This will usually be done through student-generated posters/or a poster campaign instigated by the Head of School.
The School identifies aspects of curriculum through which positive and lasting influences can be exerted towards forming student’s attitudes and values. A literature-based program is taught in Junior and Middle School classes at the instigation of the Head of School.
The School will harness the capacity of those not threatened by bullying to influence for good the culture of the school. These “good guys” will assume a leadership role by:
- Listening for problems
- Providing initial support by encouraging the bystanders to feel that they are implicated in the bullying
- Warning the perpetrators that they will feel obliged to report them if their behaviour does not cease
- Reporting the bully/ies if the warning is not heeded.
- Once the report is made, action is taken.
The School will gather from time to time, via questionnaire, raw data on the extent of bullying occurring in each school.
The School recognises the need to co-operate with and keep parents informed on procedures to improve relationships within the School Community.
The School recognises the role of other community agencies in preventing and dealing with bullying.
The School promotes habits of mutual respect, courtesy and interdependence of people in groups and communities.
The School promotes values of social responsibility, tolerance and understanding amongst all its members.
Staff members share a collegial responsibility, under the direction of the Management Team, to act in preventing bullying and aggressive behaviour by any member of the School Community.
This Bullying Policy is also available in the Record Book and the Family Handbook.