Bullying is a repeated and unjustified behaviour that:
- May be physical, verbal and/or psychological
- Is intended to cause fear, distress or harm to others
- Is conducted by a more powerful individual or group against a less powerful individual who is unable to effectively resist.
- Bullying is a hidden problem and students can be reluctant to report bullying for fear of retribution
- Bullying is a form of abuse
- No student wants to be bullied
- The majority of students support a program to reduce bullying
- Incidents of bullying vary in complexity
- Bystanders passively or actively contribute to bullying
Ocean Reef Primary School community will:
- Be alert to bullying incidents
- Take all reports of bullying seriously and respond appropriately and in a timely manner as determined by the leadership of the school
- Review staff training needs regularly
- Work together with the school community to produce a safe, supportive and caring school environment.
It is the right of all students, staff and parents at Ocean Reef Primary School to feel safe, valued and comfortable in and around the school during school hours and during school activities out of school hours
Children, staff and families of Ocean Reef PS have a responsibility to:
- Provide suitable role models
- Follow the provisions of the Bullying Procedures
- Cooperate to combat bullying
- Report bullying
- Treat bullying seriously
- Understand good practice in dealing with bullying
Parents can expect that Staff at Ocean Reef Primary School will:
- have a clear understanding of what constitutes a bullying act
- advise parents as quickly as possible if their child has been bullied
- advise parents as quickly as possible if their child is thought to be bullying another child.
- take reports of bullying seriously
- follow school policy when bullying is reported
- investigate instances of bullying in a timely and professional manner
- cooperate with families to monitor children who have been identified as bullying other children and provide support for the child to change their behaviour
- cooperate with families to monitor the children who have been identified as victims of bullying and provide support to restore a sense of safety for the child at school
- report to parents the progress of children who have been bullied at school and
- report to parents the progress of children who have been identified as bullying other children at school.
Staff of Ocean Reef Primary School expect that parents will:
- have a clear understanding of what bullying is
- report to staff if their child is being bullied
- model appropriate behaviour, especially on school grounds
- encourage their children to behave in a socially appropriate manner at school
- encourage their children to deal with bullying in a non violent manner
- encourage their children to report bullying to staff immediately if they are bullied
- encourage their children to report bullying to staff if they see bullying occurring at school
- monitor their children’s use of social networking sites on the internet
- monitor their children’s use of mobile phones
- work with school staff to make Ocean Reef Primary School a safe caring environment for children to able to learn and reach their potential
- trust and support school staff to deal with bullying in a timely professional manner and
- understand that in some cases bullying behaviour is very difficult to change, but this does not mean that the school is not trying to change the behaviour.
Staff of Ocean Reef Primary School expect that students will:
- have a clear understanding of what bullying is
- behave in a socially acceptable manner when on school grounds
- accept and appreciate difference among the student group
- report to staff if they are being bullied and/or if they see bullying occurring and
- work with staff and parents to create a safe caring school environment.
Students at Ocean Reef Primary School expect:
- to attend school and be able to learn in a safe caring environment
- to be treated with fairness and respect by school staff
- to feel safe while on the grounds of Ocean Reef Primary during normal school hours
- that all students will behave in a friendly safe manner at school
- that difference among students will be accepted and appreciated and
- that staff will follow school procedures when investigating complaints of being bullied.
Bullying can be reported to the class teacher, administration by an individual student or a parent.
If the administration team and/or teacher determine that an incident is characteristic of bullying behaviour, parents will be notified.
Investigated incidents of bullying and their outcomes will be recorded.
Monitoring may include the class teacher, duty teacher, Chaplain, school psychologist or administration team.
Bullying. No Way! provides information and ideas for students, parents
There is a lot of information for parents on the internet about cyberbullying. All students follow a programme of eSafety in their Digital Technology lessons and part of their Health Programme. A really good source of information is the e-Safety Commission website. They provide a lot of practical and sensible advice with upto date information.