Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying in all its forms has no place at Shalom College.

Rationale

Our College seeks and affirms each student's worth, dignity and vocation. Bullying behaviour strikes at the basis of these values and prevents students reaching for excellence in every dimension of life.

Students are entitled to receive their education free from humiliation, oppression and abuse. Bullying affects everyone, not just those directly involved in incidents of bullying. It also affects students who may witness violence, intimidation and the distress of the person being bullied. It can damage the atmosphere of the class and the climate of a school.

Bullying goes against the very grain of what has made Shalom special – a friendly, safe environment. Intimidation and violence have no place in our community and will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Definition of Bullying

The most frequently cited definition of bullying is the "repeated oppression, psychological or physical, of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons (Rigby 1996). Bullying can be physical, verbal, social or emotional.

Advice for Parents

Watch for signs that your child might be bullied. Some of the following might indicate bullying: wanting to miss school, a pattern of headaches or stomach aches, tension or unhappiness, becoming withdrawn, bruising, disappearance of property, damaged clothing.If you think your child is being bullied, inform your child's Pastoral Care Teacher or the House Coordinator.Do NOT encourage your child to hit back or respond verbally.Support your child in developing their talents and participating in sports or other activities that will build confidence.If bullying involves severe physical abuse, you may wish to consider police action.