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Policies

 

RAPID BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Rapid Bay Primary School is committed to providing a safe and caring environment, which fosters respect for others and does not tolerate bullying.

 

OUR DEFINTION OF BULLYING

 

Bullying is defined as repeatedly hurting another person who is less powerful – either physically or psychologically.

 

Bullying can take many forms.  We consider the following behaviour to be bullying:

 

Physical

?        Hitting, kicking, punching

?        Pushing, shoving, spitting

?        Making rude gestures

?        Taking or damaging something which belongs to someone else

?        Forcing others to hand over food, money or something which belongs to them

?        Making someone do something they don’t want to do.

 

Verbal

?        Name calling

?        Teasing

?        Threatening

?        Making fun of someone because of their appearance, physical characteristics or cultural background

?        Making fun on someone’s actions.

 

Indirect

?        Excluding others from the game or group

?        Spreading untrue stories about others.

 

STRATEGIES WE WILL USE TO DEAL WITH BULLYING

 

At Rapid Bay Primary School we will:

?        Openly talk about bullying – what it is, how it affects us and what we can do about it.

?        Teach our children the skills which will help build their self-esteem and empower them to take the responsibility for themselves – a give them the opportunity to practise these skills.

?        Formulate a policy which clearly states what actions we will take to deal with bullying behaviour.

 

Responsibilities of Staff:

?        To model appropriate behaviours at all times.

?        To deal with all reported and observed incidences of bullying as set out in this policy.

?        To ensure that children are supervised at all times.

?        To report incidences of bullying to the Principal if this is warranted.

 

Responsibilities of Children:

?        To ‘tell’ if they are being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied – both at school and on the way to and from school.

?        To help someone who is being bullied.

?        To not bully others

 

Responsibilities of Parents:

?        To watch for signs that their child may be being bullied.

?        To speak to someone on staff at Rapid Bay Primary School if their child is being bullied, or they suspect that this is happening.

?        To instruct their child to ‘tell’ if they are being bullied.

?        To ask their children what is happening at school and listen to what their child says (we encourage parents to ask for both sides of the story).

 

REPORTING OF BULLYING

 

Rapid Bay Primary School does not tolerate bullying.

 

All teachers are firmly committed to putting an end to acts of bullying.  Victims of bullying will be supported.  No one deserves to be bullied even if their behaviour is irritating or annoying.  There are other positive and constructive ways to deal with this behaviour.

 

Incidences of bullying can be reported to any teacher or the Principal by children and their parents.  Any bullying incidences that are dealt with will be recorded in the school Student Behaviour book.

 

RESPONDING TO REPORTED INCIDENCES OF BULLYING

 

When a bullying incident is reported or observed we will use the following procedures:

?        Talk to the children involved about the incident and remind them that such behaviour is not acceptable.  Comfort the victim and point out how he/she feels.

?        Warn the bully of the consequences of further incidences.

?        Record the incident in the “Student Behaviour” book and inform other staff of the incident.

?        Monitor the behaviour of the children involved in this discussion.

?        If the ‘bullying’ is repeated, separate the offending child from the group fore ‘time out’.  (If the incident occurs during playtime, the child can have ‘time out’ on the wall.  If it happens in class time, the child may need to be sent out of class and to the Principal).

?        If the child continues to bully, make an appointment to speak to the parents/ carer.  Remind them of school policy and ask for their cooperation in stopping the child from bullying other children.

?        If none of the procedures succeed in stopping the child from being aggressive, he/ she may be excluded – either from the playground, school excursions, sporting activities or from school for a short period of time (through supervision).

 

Staff will be responsible for implementing the program and ensuring that incidences of bullying are dealt with in a manner consistent with the policy as soon as possible after it is reported or observed.

 

RECORDING BULLYING EVENTS

 

Rapid Bay Primary School has a set procedure for recording any Bullying behaviour.  All staff members are aware of the ‘Student Behaviour’ book which is used for recording inappropriate behaviour.  Staff are encouraged to use the book for all bullying incidents where they must record exactly what happened, who was involved, which child reported the incident and the code for behaviour as outlined by EDSAS.  This method will help us when evaluating the school’s Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy.

 

EVALUATION

 

We will need to evaluate and review this policy after six months by:

?        Noting if there has been a reduction of incidences of bullying

?        Noting if there has been a change in the atmosphere of our school environment.

?        Communicating with parents to see if there have been any changes with the reporting of incidences at home.

?        Reminding parents of our policy.

?        Revising classroom activities on bullying.