Bullying is a form of harassment, and usually refers to intimidatory behaviour between school students, but may involve staff. It is deliberate, hurtful behaviour that is often repeated, or continues over a period of time. It is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.
All members of the school, including students themselves, have a responsibility to recognise bullying and to take action when they are aware of it happening. Students should be encouraged to tell about bullying to a contact person/staff member.
Student bullying is dealt with through the school's behaviour plan.
The school's bullying policy enables us to:
§ identify bullying/intimidating behaviour
§ prevent bullying behaviour within the school
§ provide guidelines for dealing with bullying
§ maintain a zero tolerance for bullying.
Examples of bullying behaviours include:
§ Physical, for example, hitting, kicking, taking belongings
§ Verbal, for example, name calling; insults; racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks
§ Indirect/Emotional, for example, spreading nasty stories, excluding from groups, threats, standover tactics.
These behaviours are usually ongoing and repeated.
Visit NetSafe for advice, information, and resources for tackling bullying, including text and cyberbullying.