• Bullying

    Bullying

    Caladenia Primary School has a commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment. This includes having a no tolerance approach to bullying within our behaviour management procedures. In conjunction with these procedures, we also endeavour to foster resilience by teaching appropriate strategies for handling bullying situations and developing a stronger sense of self-esteem and confidence.

    What is Bullying?

    Despite varied definitions, it is generally agreed that three core elements exist in any bullying behaviour. These include:

    • A deliberate intent to harm
    • A power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim
    • Often repeated behaviour

    Factors Contributing to Bullying

    • Friendship breakdown
    • High achievement (academic or other)
    • Differences in physical appearance
    • Ethnicity
    • Sexual orientation
    • Being new to an area or group

    School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in connection with education, either inside or outside of school. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or emotional and is usually repeated over a period of time.

    Tips for Parents

    • Ask your child what he or she thinks should be done. What’s already been tried? What worked and what didn’t?
    • Seek help from your child’s teacher or the school Administration.
    • Don’t encourage your child to fight back. Instead, suggest that he or she try walking away to avoid the bully, or that they seek help from a teacher or other adult.
    • Help your child practice what to say to the bully so he or she will be prepared the next time.
    • Help your child practice being assertive. The simple act of insisting that the bully leave him/her alone may have a surprising effect. Explain to your child that the bully’s true goal is to get a response.
    • Encourage your child to be with friends when travelling back and forth from school or on other outings. Bullies are less likely to pick on a child in a group.
    Bullying Flow Chart

    Please refer to our school’s bullying booklet for a “child friendly” way to discuss these issues with you child.