Rationale

The aim of Warwick Senior High Schools’s Bullying Prevention Policy is to provide a school community that is safe and supportive with a positive learning environment where all students have the opportunity to achieve positive outcomes and Aspire, Learn and Grow.

The school will provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted, and in so doing, all will have the right of respect from others, the right to learn or to teach, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment.

The school considers bullying to be a behaviour that is usually repeated and is designed to hurt, injure, embarrass, upset or cause discomfort to another person. It is a misuse of power and includes sexual harassment. The behaviour is encouraged by the victim’s pain, fear and humiliation and/or by peer pressure.

Our aim is to provide a school community that is safe and supportive with a positive learning environment where all students have the opportunity to achieve positive outcomes consistent with their ability.

Aims

  • To reinforce within the school community what bullying is and the fact that it is unacceptable.
  • Everyone within the school community to be alert to signs and evidence of bullying and to have a responsibility to report it to staff whether as observer or victim.
  • To ensure that all reported incidents of bullying are followed up appropriately and that support is given to both bullied students and perpetrators.
  • To seek parental and peer-group support and co-operation at all times.

Implementation

Parents, teachers, students and the community will be aware of the school’s position on bullying.
The school will adopt a multi-level approach to bullying.

Informal Processes

Low level cases are never ignored and are dealt with at the point of occurrence by the classroom/duty teacher. A restorative approach may be used at this stage.

More serious or repeated incidents are referred to the Student Support Team.
A method of shared concern is employed at this stage and parents are notified.

Formal Processes

Should the problem persist, or those concerned refuse to participate in the informal processes, then consequences will be imposed in accordance with the school’s Student Behaviour Policy.
The student will be formally counselled by a member of the Student Support Team. An individual behaviour support plan may be required until the targeted behaviour ceases.

Parent and Community Support

We encourage our parents and community to support our policy through:

  • Watching for possible signs of bullying e.g. school avoidance, changes in behaviour, stomach aches or bruising
  • Making time to talk with your child and take an interest in what is going on in his/her life
  • Listening calmly and seriously if your child shares a problem
  • Never over-reacting
  • Contacting the school if you are concerned.