Anti-Bullying Policy

As a public school Busselton SHS provides opportunities for all students to leave school well prepared for the future, having achieved their individual potential and able to play an active part in society. This is achieved by creating a challenging, stimulating and safe learning environment.

Busselton SHS students are encouraged to be respectful and responsible.  We aim to provide a learning environment for our students and staff that has an atmosphere of support, trust and encouragement.


Rationale

  • BSHS is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, staff and parents.
  • Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.
  • The school will support all parties involved in bullying, including the victim, the perpetrator and the bystanders.
  • The school will develop resilience in its students through formal teaching in Health classes, its restorative justice practices and its school structures.
  • When bullying occurs, the school will work with the parents of all the students involved to ensure that all parties are safe.
     

Definition

Bullying is the inappropriate use of power by an individual or group, with the intent to injure either physically or emotionally.

  • It is usually deliberate and repetitive.
  • Bullying may be physical or psychological (verbal and non-verbal).
  • Physically, bullying includes pushing, hitting, punching, kicking or any other action causing hurt or injury.
  • Verbal bullying includes insults, taunts, threats, and ridicule.
  • Psychological bullying includes intimidation and ostracism.
  • Cyber-bullying is a form of bullying which is carried out through an internet service such as email, chat room, discussion group, online social networking, instant messaging or web pages. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as SMS.


By being explicit about the consequences for bullying we give all students a clear message that the school community cares and that bullying is unacceptable.

"Everyone has the right to learn in a safe and secure environment."
"It's O.K. to tell someone if you are being bullied."
“A student has the right to seek assistance as soon as he/she feels threatened. “

 

Consequences

BSHS has clearly defined consequences with respect to bullying.

  • First Instance
    Remove bully from the situation and record the incident in SIS. Inform the Learning Team and Year Coordinators, VET or Senior School Coordinator. The Coordinators will then instigate a Restorative Justice meeting for all concerned.
     
  • Second Instance
    If there is a second incident a case conference will be conducted with the student, Coordinator and parents.
     
  • Third Instance
    Resulting in suspension.

 

Student Support

The following procedure should be followed when seeking assistance for any student.

  1. Classroom Teacher
    First point of contact.  Academic and routine matters.
     
  2. Learning Team - Year Level, VET and Senior School Coordinator
    More major, on-going concerns.
     
  3. School Psychologist, Chaplain and Nurse
    When on-going guidance is sought.  When an assessment referral or counselling maybe required.
     
  4. The Associate Principal
    As a further step to the above process.  When immediate advice may be required.  In an emergency.

 

Preventative Action

It is important the school community address the underlying causes of bullying relating to school organisational issues, learning and teaching issues and relationship issues.


Preventative Strategies

  • Education and promotion of the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy through Life Skills Program, Assemblies, Posters.
  • Productive and respectful working relationships established between all members of the school community.
  • Classroom rules, routines and processes negotiated and applied consistently.
  • Adequate supervision of students during breaks, on playground ovals etc.
  • Modelling of appropriate restorative justice principles, problem-solving and non-aggressive behaviours by all adults in the school.
  • Active intervention when bullying occurs.
  • Skilling of students and staff in conflict resolution and restorative justice strategies.

 

For Parents

How does being a victim of bullying affect someone?  Bullying acts directly on a person's self esteem and can lead to:

  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Falling academic outcomes
  • Sleeplessness and nightmares

What are some signals that show a student is being bullied?

  • Bruises, scratches or cuts that can't be explained
  • Torn or damaged clothing
  • Not wanting to go to school
  • Damaged or missing belongings
  • Unexplained tears or depression
  • Unusual outbursts of anger
  • Not wanting to socialise
  • Headaches, stomach aches and other pains that the student can't explain
  • Wanting to be escorted to school
  • Change in commitment to learning
     

For Teachers

How can we best supervise the 'At Risk' areas in the school?

  • Be aware of high risk students
  • Be aware of high risk places and times, mapping risk areas in the school to assist in improved supervision
  • Be punctual to classes, assemblies and duties
  • Be mobile, visible and involved with students when on duty (wearing of vests)
  • Be observant and watchful both in and out of the classroom
  • Encourage staff, students and parents to act as observers and report incidents
  • Acknowledge students 'doing the right thing'
  • Be PROACTIVE rather than REACTIVE
  • Have high expectations with respect to behaviour
  • Be seen to be fair
  • Record incidents on SIS
  • Let students know that all staff are available to discuss any problems
  • Do not give chances and warnings to offender