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Statement on Bullying and Harassment - Craigburn Primary School

We aim to establish a community in which everybody feels valued, respected and safe, and where individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted. Everybody has a right to enjoy their time at school.

This community does not tolerate bullying or harassment.

Bullying is:

  • a repeated unjustifiable behaviour that may be physical, verbal and/or psychological
  • intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another
  • conducted by a more powerful individual or group
  • against a less powerful individual who is unable to effectively resist

All members of the school community need to follow these simple steps to provide a friendly, safe environment.

If you are bullied you can:

  • tell them to stop
  • ignore them
  • walk away
  • tell someone who will help you

If you see someone being bullied you can:

  • tell the person bullying to stop
  • be a friend to the person being bullied
  • seek help

The School Community will:

  • promote students’ sense of concern and responsibility
  • provide positive role models
  • build self-esteem
  • develop skills and strategies to deal with bullying
  • keep the lines of communication open
  • disseminate information


Various processes and methods of intervention are used to address bullying at Craigburn. Each of the following approaches are considered to be appropriate depending on the situation. (as adapted from Rigby 2010)

The traditional disciplinary approach. Consequences are applied to a person identified as having engaged in bullying someone.
Strengthening the victim. The person being targeted is instructed or trained so as to cope more effectively with bullying behaviour; for example, through assertiveness training.
Mediation. Individuals involved in bully/victim problems are invited to meet with a trained mediator (adult or student) to explore ways of resolving the situation in a way that is acceptable to all parties.
Restorative practice. A meeting is arranged at which the person/s engaged in bullying are instructed to listen to how their ‘target’ feels about the treatment. They are required to reflect upon what has been happening and to act restoratively (eg by making an acceptable apology to those offended).
The support group method. The targeted person is interviewed and an account of the distress that has been experienced is communicated to those identified as the bullies. This is done at a meeting of the bullies attended also by selected students who are supportive of the target person. All present at the meeting are required to say how they will help to resolve the problem. The outcome is then carefully monitored.
The method of shared concern. The teacher / leader meets individually with the person/s suspected of the bullying and shares a concern over what has been happening to the target person. Each of the suspected perpetrators is asked to suggest ways in which they can help, and to agree to act accordingly. After discussing the situation with the target person, the teacher / leader convenes a meeting of all the suspected bullies to formulate an agreed plan to resolve the problem. At a final meeting, a solution is negotiated between the suspected bullies and the target person who has now been invited to join them.

As Students You Can

  • Tell the person doing the bullying to stop. State quite clearly that the behaviour is unwelcome and offensive
  • Seek help. Talk to someone you can trust.
  • Report to a member of the school staff or a buddy. Feel confident that any incident can be resolved.
  • Respect yourself and others and try to uphold the school values of self-worth caring and responsibility.
  • Show that you and your friends disapprove of bullying

As Staff You Can

  • Adopt positive classroom management strategies and incorporate anti-bullying messages in the curriculum
  • Provide positive role models for students
  • Actively counteract bullying behaviour
  • Respond appropriately to any reported incidents of bullying
  • Be obviously present during recess and lunchtimes, as a deterrent to possible incidents of bullying.

As Parents You Can

  • Be aware of signs of distress in your child
  • Assist your child to discuss the problem with a teacher
  • Discourage any planned retaliation, either physical or verbal if your child is bullied by discussing positive strategies they can use
  • Be positive about your child’s qualities and encourage your child to be tolerant and caring

Relevant Documents / Support Programs / Policies

  • Safer DECD Schools
  • DECD - Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • DECS School Discipline Policy Statement
  • Friendly Schools and Family Program
  • DECS Learner Wellbeing Framework for Birth to Year 12
  • National Safe Schools Framework
  • Bill Cossey ReportCraigburn - School Vision and Values statements
  • Child Protection Curriculum
  • Restorative Practice
 
Behaviour Code
 
At Craigburn School we value caring, self-worth and responsibility, where all students have the right to learn and play in a safe, orderly environment. We are committed to:
  • Teaching and modelling the necessary social skills, attitudes and strategies essential for active participation in a democratic society.
  • Empowering students to develop and apply these skills and strategies to manage their own behaviours.
  • Providing students with fair and consistent consequences for their behaviour based around restorative justice.

To assist in providing a safe and supportive environment the school routines and expectations need to be clearly understood and reinforced by staff, students and parents.  Promotion of a safe play/learning environment is a shared responsibility and requires a whole school approach.

The school community is bound by the school's policy, which operates within DECD policy and guidelines

School Rules - At Craigburn we are responsible for showing care and respect for:
  • Ourselves and others
  • Property and the environment
  • Creating a safe learning and play environment
A Craigburn student will demonstrate the following habits of mind necessary for getting along:
  • Think before they act
  • Show tolerance
  • Play by the rules
Students are expected to model appropriate school behaviour at all times but especially when involved in special in school activities, on excursions or camps, and when representing the school, District or DECD in various sporting and academic activities.
 
All members of the school community are responsible for ensuring that the Code of Behaviour is implemented, however, there are individual responsibilities, which must be undertaken.
 
In order to assist students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to give them a sense of control, we teach students a Formula for dealing with the inappropriate behaviour of others. If someone is bothering you:
  • Tell them to stop and why
  • Warn them if they continue, you will go to the teacher
  • Go to the teacher on duty
  • Teachers ask students if The Formula has been used and follow up through with support as required
When a student has displayed an inability/unwillingness to contribute to a safe, caring class or play environment, the class teacher or member of the leadership team will contact parents to further discuss the inappropriate behaviour. Outside agencies may be accessed if appropriate.
 
 
Bushfire Ready Procedures

As Craigburn is located in a bushfire prone area, as part of the Mt Lofty Ranges District, we have in place procedures in the event of the following declarations:
  • a Catastrophic (Code Red) Level
  • a total fire ban
School Procedures - Catastrophic (Code Red)
The State Government will close high-risk public schools in specific fire ban districts on days where the fire danger index is forecast at 100 or more - Catastrophic (Code Red).
 
This means that Craigburn will close when the bushfire level is forecast as Catastrophic (Code Red). No staff or students will attend Craigburn PS on this day.
Parents should make provision for the care of their child/ren on days forecast at a Catastrophic Level, within their family’s personal bushfire action plan.

An advance warning will be provided to school principals two days before a possible school closure. A confirmation of the school closure will be provided the day before the school is to close (after 4.00pm following CFS advice).

Multiple forms of communication are in place to ensure all parents / caregivers receive and obtain information regarding school closures including:
  • letters handed out to all students on the days when the alert is received
  • emails to all families on our school newsletter email list
  • information via the school website - www.craigburn.sa.edu.au
  • the Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au/weather/sa
  • the CFS website - http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au
  • message left on the school answering machine
  • information provided by the evening television and radio news services - please note this is for the Mt Lofty Ranges District
If unsure, you may contact the front office via the phone, however, we ask that families network with each other where possible to minimise the congestion on school phone lines. We will endeavour to make information available to families as early as possible.

Please note, it is your responsibility to know when a Catastrophic Level day is declared for the Mt Lofty Ranges District. The School will not be able to individually contact all parents. Further information is available at http://www.alert.sa.gov.au

School Procedures - Total Fire Ban
Total fire ban days are days of extreme fire danger. All persons on the school site must obey the instructions given by the Principal. Attending school on a total fire ban day is a parental decision.

The school’s Bushfire Action Plan (BAP) outlines specific procedures to be undertaken by staff and students at the different levels of emergency on days of a total fire ban:
  • Total fire ban day alert - Level 1
  • Fire reported in the local district - Level 2
  • Fire in the immediate vicinity or impacting on the site - a move to the Bushfire Refuge - Gym / Hall - Level 3
     
School staff are aware of these procedures. Emphasis is on communication, controlled action and frequent checking on the presence and safety of students and adults.

All students are required to keep a named bath towel and water bottle at school. Water bottles are filled and all towels will be specially stored so that they will be readily available for use in case of a fire. A dampened towel is placed on the head and neck for comfort purposes in the event of fire approaching the school.

Parent Action
Families living in the Mt Lofty Ranges District should prepare their own bushfire action plan.

On total fire ban days students may be collected by a parent or authorised person if this is in line with your family’s bushfire action plan. Students remaining at school will be dismissed at the normal time if there is no bushfire reported in the district. In the event of a bushfire reported in the district, students will not be dismissed from school until collected by parents or an authorised adult where students will be supervised.
 
 

 
 
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