Bullying is defined as “the repeated oppression, psychological or physical of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons” (K. Rigby, Bullying in Schools; What to do about it. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research, 1996)
Mother Teresa’s Behavioural management Policy states that our community commits itself to providing a supportive school environment that values the rights and individuality of each student whilst ensuring dignity, respect and safety for all.
We will not tolerate ongoing bullying at Mother Teresa’s.
Policies used in reflecting on and formulating our response to bullying include:
There also exists Curriculum Programs, which support students in complying with these expectations and rules relating to bullying. These programs include:
The first step in managing bullying is to establish a firm understanding in al members of our community as to what constitutes bullying, which will not be tolerated, and what is the normal conflict one experiences as part of the socialization process essential for growth as a person.
As part of our commitment to lifelong learning, the first response to bullying should come from the ‘victim’. Mother Teresa’s encourages children to be assertive in defending their own rights. In an instance of bullying we expect children to:
We term this a LEVEL ONE RESPONSE
If the problem persists, please see the nearest teacher who will understand that you have already made a polite request which has been ignored.
The teacher will then ask the student to cease the behaviour, and will outline the consequences of further bullying. E.g.. “Please do as you are asked, or you will be removed from the playground”
At this time, a record of the warning will be recorded in the Playground Duty Log carried by each teacher on duty.
We term this a LEVEL TWO RESPONSE
Should the bullying continue, the child will be removed from the playground for a period to be determined by the teacher on duty and this will be recorded in the Playground Duty Log so that the next teacher on duty is aware of the history and ongoing ‘time out’ for that student.
If a child is placed on time out for three or more times in any one term, they will be asked to explain their behaviour to the school principal, who will forward a copy of the recorded playground incidents to the parents / caregivers along with a recommended course of action.
Possible courses of action at this time include;
We term this a LEVEL THREE RESPONSE
If Bullying persists beyond this stage, we move into a LEVEL FOUR RESPONSE, which could include the following
NB. Serious acts of physical aggression or acts of a sexual nature will move immediately to a level three response.