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Bullying No Way

​This Friday is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.  On this day all our student leaders are at a leadership conference thus we will be using Monday as our anti-bullying day.  On assembly we shall be showing our anti-bullying dance video and discussing with students the anti-bullying message.
What is bullying
The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:
Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm.
It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons.
Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).
Online bullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies, e.g. the internet or mobile devices. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.
Single incidents and conflicts or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. In short, bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships involving a pattern of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour
Is every conflict between students bullying?
Not all aggressive or harmful behaviour between people is bullying. While conflicts and aggressive behaviour need to be addressed, it is important to be clear when these behaviours are not actually bullying.
At our school we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.
Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying. You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.
If your child talks to you about bullying:
1. Listen calmly and get the full story.
2. Reassure your child they are not to blame.
3. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do.
4. Visit to find some strategies
5. Contact the school.
6. Check in regularly with your child.
If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents.