Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti Bullying Policy

 

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’s appearance, physical characteristics or cultural background
  • Making fun of 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 and provide them with experiences that will build their self-esteem and empower them.
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’ a staff member 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 be a bully.
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).
 
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 for ‘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 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 implement the program and ensure that any incidence of bullying is 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.