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Anti-Bullying @ Anzac Park PS Parent Information

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.

BULLYING is NOT TOLERATED at Anzac Park

This Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy sets out the structures and strategies designed to prevent incidents of bullying and also provides structures and strategies whereby an incident of bullying made known to the school are dealt with promptly and the outcomes achieved are in the best interests of all involved.

Bullying has three main features:

  • It involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • It is ongoing and repeated
  • It involves behaviours that can cause harm

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long term effects on those involved including a bystander.

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
Parents/carers are encouraged to recognise signs of bullying and notify the school through a trusted staff member immediately (such as a Class Teacher, Stage Assistant Principal or Deputy Principal), if they suspect their child is a victim of bullying.

Reporting Concerns about Bullying

Students and their parents/carers are sometimes reluctant to report bullying incidents for fear that it will only make matters worse. A key part of Anzac Park’s bullying prevention and intervention strategy is to encourage reporting of bullying incidents as well as providing assurance to students (and parents/carers) who experience bullying that;

  • Bullying is not tolerated within the school
  • Their concerns will be taken seriously
  • The School has a clear strategy for dealing with bullying issues

Bullying incidences can be advised to the school through the following avenues:

Bullying incidents vary widely in their severity, impact on the target, and frequency. Most bullying behaviour is hidden from adults’ view, and as such all allegations are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. This means getting an understanding of exactly what happened, considering it in relation to the definition of bullying and then implementing the school’s bullying procedures.

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.

Responding to Bullying

Bullying behaviours vary enormously in their extent and intent and, as a consequence, each incident needs to be dealt with based on individual circumstances. In all circumstances the school:

  • Takes bullying incidents seriously
  • Investigate incidents of bullying in a fair, impartial way and timely manner
  • Provides assurance to the victim that they are not at fault
  • Takes time to properly investigate the facts including discussing the incident with the victim, the bully and any bystanders
  • Takes time to understand any concerns of individuals involved
  • Maintains confidential records of reported bullying incidents
  • Will escalate its response when dealing with persistent bullies and/or severe incidents

At Anzac Park the consequences for bullying might including the following:

  • Apply disciplinary consequences including attending Reflection Room during play time
  • Conduct mediation sessions
  • Assist students develop more appropriate social skills
  • Implement a behaviour management plan or playground plan for individual students
  • Explicitly teach about conflict and bullying
  • Implement resilience and anti-bullying programs
  • Serious incidents of bullying will lead to implementation of the DET Suspension and Expulsion of School Students-Procedures

Preventing Bullying

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:

Whole 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

Classroom

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

Shared Responsibility

We expect all members of our school community to share in the responsibility of building a safe and secure school.

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

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Behave appropriately, respecting individual differences and diversity
  • Behave as responsible digital citizens
  • Follow the school Anti-bullying plan
  • Behave as responsible bystanders
  • Report incidents of bullying according to our Anti-bullying plan

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

All members of the local school community have a responsibility to:

  • Model and promote positive relationships that respect and accept individual differences and diversity within the school community
  • Support the school’s Anti-bullying plan through words and actions
  • Work collaboratively with the school to resolve incidents of bullying when they occur

Bullying is a behaviour the student is using, not their identity. When children can’t read, we teach. When children can’t comprehend, we teach. When children can’t behave, we teach.

Anzac Park Public School is committed to promoting an environment of fairness, diversity and recognition of all students, staff, and parents. Our entire community works as one to preserve a respectful community environment.

Anzac Park's Anti-Bullying Plan

All schools are required to implement an anti-bullying plan. Access the link below to view our school's anti-bullying plan.

Further support and information

A free, private and confidential, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between 5 - 25 years

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Racism No Way is an extensive source of information about racism and anti-racism education. It provides links to tools for investigating and combating prejudice and racism in schools, teaching and learning resources K-12, activities for students and reference materials

Reach Out is an online resource that assists young people by providing information to improve understanding of the issues that relate to mental health and wellbeing. Reach Out also has information on how young people can get the best help from services, as well as opportunities to connect with other young people.

Cyber Safety provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world. Cyber Safety also offers training and resources for schools and materials for library staff. Developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cyber Safety is part of the Australian Government’s cyber safety program.