Dunsborough Primary Bullying Policy

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is:

  • A repeated, unjustifiable behaviour;
  • That may be physical, verbal, and/or psychological;
  • That is conducted by a more powerful individual or group; and
  • Against a less powerful individual who is unable to effectively resist.

HOW IS BULLYING DIFFERENT TO OTHER FORMS OF AGGRESSION?

Like other forms of aggressive behaviour, bullying involves the intention of an individual or group to cause harm to one or more others. However, bullying has the following unique characteristic:

  • A power imbalance is normally present;
  • The aggressive act is generally unprovoked by the victim or perceived an unjustified by others; and
  • The action is repeated between the same individuals.

IS FIGHTING BULLYING?

While fighting between two students of equal power is of concern, it is not bullying. It is the presence of a power imbalance that distinguishes bullying from fighting, conflict, violence and disagreement. It is this imbalance that makes mistreatment of the victim possible.

Teachers get remarkably fed up with children who fight or scrap with one another. But they are not bullies because they fight, and the one who wins is most certainly not a bully because he/she wins. The mindless and degrading violence of strong against weak may be bullying, but fighting, by definition, is not

IS TEASING BULLYING?

Teasing done in mutual fun and jest, where all individuals are involved and feel capable of responding, is not bullying. However, teasing that is done in a mean and hurtful way, that involves a power imbalance whereby one individual feels powerless to respond or to stop what is happening is bullying behaviour.

THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE: DEALING WITH BULLYING BEHAVIOUR, NOT BULLIES.

It is important that bullying is seen as a behaviour and not personalized in the form of a ‘bully’.

The message students receive should be that bullying is an unacceptable behaviour. It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on ‘busting’ the bullies. This focus promotes force and exclusion as a means of getting ones way, in other words, exactly what bullying is! It also labels students who engage in bullying as ‘bullies’ and may marginalize and exclude them from change activities, because the message they receive is that they, as a ‘bully’, are not wanted or valued.

Activity to reduce and prevent bullying should promote the message that all students are valued, but engaging in bullying behaviour is unacceptable. Written information and policy should reflect this by referring to ‘students who engage in bullying’ or ‘students who bully others’ and ‘students who are bullied’ or ‘students who are the target of bullying’.

TYPES OF BULLYING

The different forms bullying can take may be classified as physical or non-physical, direct or indirect. Both Australian and international research suggests that the most common form of bullying is verbal, such as cruel teasing and name-calling.

SCHOOL STRATEGIES TO HELP ELIMINATE BULLYING BEHAVIOUR FROM OUR SCHOOL

  • Raise the awareness of the school community – parents, teachers & students -
  • as to what Bullying is. eg through school newsletters, parent workshops and
  • making copies of the school’s bullying policy freely available.
  • All class teachers to integrate into their regular classroom curriculum, teaching
  • and learning programs designed to build children’s resiliency and teach the
  • importance of treating others with respect.
  • The training and deployment of Y7 students to act as playground leaders/peer
  • mediators
  • Encourage all classrooms and all school play areas to become Build Up Zones where children use positive language to build others up.

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Dunsborough Primary School

Dunsborough Primary School is an Independent Public School located in one of Western Australia’s premier holiday locations, 240 km south of Perth. Dunsborough Primary School has an experienced staff who are committed to achieving the school’s vision and providing a high standard of education for all students.

Primary Class Times

Kindy 8.40 am – 2:55 pm
Primary & Pre Primary
School Commences 8.55 am
Morning Session 8:55  – 11:05 am
RECESS 11.05 – 11:25 am (20 mins)
Mid Session 11:25 am – 12:55 pm
LUNCH 12.55 - 1.40 pm (45 mins)
PP Afternoon 1:40 pm – 3:00 pm
Primary Afternoon 1:40 pm – 3:10 pm