Every student of Anzac Park has the right to feel happy, safe and respected. Any person who bullies another is denying them that right. The school will not tolerate any action that undermines a person’s right to a safe learning environment free from harassment, intimidation, discrimination, fear or bullying. Bullying of any sort is unacceptable. Anzac Park is committed to promoting Wellbeing in a culture where students can connect, succeed and thrive.
Anzac Park recognises its duty to students to provide a safe and positive learning environment where individual differences and diversity within the school are respected and accepted.
Types of bullying behaviour
- Physical Bullying: This involves physical actions such as hitting, pushing, obstructing or intimidation. Damaging, stealing or hiding personal belongings is also a form of physical bullying.
- Psychological Bullying: This is when words or actions are used to cause psychological harm. Examples of psychological bullying include name calling, teasing or making fun of someone because of their actions, appearance, physical characteristics or cultural background.
- Indirect/Social Bullying: This is when deliberate acts of exclusion or spreading of untrue stories are used to hurt or intimidate.
- Cyber Bullying: This is the ongoing abuse of power to threaten or harm another person using technology. Cyber bullying can occur in chat rooms, on social networking sites, through emails or on mobile phones.
What Bullying is Not
There are many negative situations which, whilst being potentially distressing for students, are not bullying. These include:
- Mutual Conflict Situations: These arise when there is disagreement between students but not an imbalance of power. Mutual conflict situations need to be closely monitored as they may evolve into a bullying situation.
- One Off Acts: These may include: loss of temper, aggression, thoughtlessness, inappropriate jokes or humour, carelessness, shouting or swearing.
Indicators of bullying
Changes in a student may include:
- Refusing to talk when asked “What’s wrong?”
- Crying at night and having nightmares
- Having unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches
- An unwillingness or refusal to go to school
- Feeling ill in the mornings
- Damaged or missing belongings
- A decline in quality of school work
- Wanting extra money without giving a reason
- Becoming withdrawn and lacking confidence
- Beginning to bully siblings
- Acting unreasonably
- Regression in one or more areas of development
All staff will treat any report of bullying, including cyber bullying, seriously and take appropriate action as outlined in this policy. All bullying complaints, including those involving digital technology will be dealt with in a fair and timely manner. All repetitive and serious incidents are to be reported to the Principal.
Reports of bullying will be collated and monitored to identify particular areas of concern for future action. The school will review the policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.
Anzac Park Public School is committed to providing a caring, welcoming and safe environment for all students so they can grow and learn in a respectful and secure learning environment. The following initiatives form part of our overall student wellbeing and positive behaviour approaches to create a ‘No Bullying’ culture at Anzac Park Public School:
- Clear communication of the school’s anti-bullying policies and procedures
- Promotion of a zero tolerance to bullying philosophy
- School assemblies to raise awareness of the school’s anti-bullying policy and develop students’ social emotional learning
- Active identification and intervention for students requiring support
- Maintaining records detailing student behaviour and monitoring of students involved in bullying behaviours
- Implementation of programs to promote positive behaviours
- Education, training and professional development of staff in bullying prevention and response strategies
- Regular provision of information to parents/ carers to raise awareness of bullying as a school community issue to equip them to recognise signs of bullying, as well as to provide them with clear paths for raising any concerns they may have relating to bullying directly with the school
- Promotion of a supportive environment and a safe school culture, that encourages the development of positive relationships and communication between staff, students and parents/carers
- Review data and ongoing monitoring of incidences across the school to inform team problem solving processes across the school
As part of our Personal Development program and Social Emotional Learning program, all students K-6 will participate in learning experiences that directly deal with strategies students can use to eliminate bullying behaviours and promote respectful relationships. These learning experiences will be stage-specific so that they meet the needs of students at their level of understanding. Students will also be informed of the procedures at Anzac Park PS for dealing with bullying behaviours. Each classroom will also implement the following anti-bullying initiatives:
- Talk about bullying
- Implement a series of stage appropriate anti-bullying lessons each year
- Designate the classroom as bully free
- Discuss with students strategies for reporting bullying
- Encourage students to be proactive so that appropriate support can be provided to those students involved in any incident
Support for you and your child
School staff have a responsibility to:
- Respect and support students
- Model and promote appropriate behaviour
- Have knowledge of school and departmental policies relating to bullying behaviour
- Respond in a timely manner to incidents of bullying according to the school’s Anti-bullying plan
- Provide curriculum and pedagogy that supports students to develop an understanding of bullying and its impact on individuals and the broader community
Parents and caregivers have a responsibility to:
- Be aware of the school Anti-bullying plan and assist their children in understanding bullying behaviour
- Support their children in developing positive responses to incidents of bullying consistent with the school Anti-bullying plan
- Support their children to become responsible citizens and to develop responsible online behaviour
- Report incidents of school related bullying behaviour to the school
- Work collaboratively with the school to resolve incidents of bullying when they occur