General College information for parents, students and staff.
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1.3. What is Bullying?
1.5. What is Harassment?
Marcellin College is committed to providing all staff and students with a working environment that values diversity and respects differences in its community. Each person is to be treated with courtesy and respect in a fair and just manner. All members of the College community have a responsibility to ensure a safe and supportive environment which fosters growth, positive self-esteem and positive interpersonal relationships. This means that bullying, discrimination and harassment in any form damage relationships in our College community and all incidents will be taken seriously.
- Create a safe secure learning environment where all members of the Marcellin community are at ease and work in harmony
- Provide an environment where all members of the community feel free to report an act of bullying, discrimination or harassment and are confident that the school will respond appropriately
- Provide suitable support for all members of the community who believe they have been bullied, discriminated or harassed
Bullying is a form of abuse that occurs when any staff or student is exposed to ongoing behaviour (physical, verbal or psychological) which is hurtful, threatening or frightening. Such behaviour may victimize, exclude humiliate or undermine.
Discrimination (unfair treatment) is generally where one person is treated differently from another in the same situation. Discrimination occurs in relation to a person’s race, gender, age, impairment, sexuality, and religion or family circumstances.
Harassment is any unwelcome and uninvited behaviour, which creates a climate that an individual or witness finds humiliating, intimidating, offensive or frightening. Examples include pushing, punching, play-fighting etc. The motive or intention is not relevant. Sexual harassment can involve physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature which is unwelcome and uninvited and deemed inappropriate at the College.
- Speaking with respect and consideration of others
- Listen to all sides of the story before making a decision
- Accept responsibility for your actions. Ask yourself: “What did I do? What effect has it had? What can I do to help fix things?”
- Apologies when you are wrong
- Accept apology when given and create the opportunity for restitution of wrongs
- Reflect on the impact your behavior might have upon others, myself and the College community, e.g. discussing confidential information inappropriately, gossiping, listening to gossip etc.
- Encourage and celebrate individual achievement
- Appreciate individual difference
- Being friendly and welcoming of people into your group
- Name calling, teasing, intimidation, ridiculing and sarcasm
- Making comments about another’s physical appearance, etc
- Making comments about someone’s family, country of birth, religion, age, sexuality or impairment
- Putting down others and their achievements
- Spreading rumours, demands for money or possessions
- Bullying, including via mobiles, email, msn, facebook, twitter, etc
- Intrusive questions about a person’s private life or body
- Glaring and menacing gestures
- Purposely excluding or isolating individuals
- Damaging, removing or hiding belongings
- Physical violence or threats
- Sexual comments, jokes or insults
- Uninvited physical contact such as touching, slapping or kissing
- Displays of offensive or pornographic material including posters, calendars, internet sites, graffiti and cartoons
All reports about bullying, discrimination or harassment will be regarded seriously, sympathetically and dealt with promptly. Parents, staff and students may take appropriate action by:
- Telling the person who is responsible for the inappropriate behaviour to stop
- Keeping a written record of events or evidence in the form of text messages, emails etc
- Discussing the situation with someone you trust within the College e.g.: Subject teacher, Transition Coordinator, Student Counsellor, Pastoral Leader, House Coordinator, Head of School or Deputy Principal
- Don’t be afraid to report, retaliation will be regarded very seriously
If you are a witness to bullying, harassment or discrimination:
- don’t join in - being witness to or being part of a group which is behaving inappropriately is equally unacceptable
- report the bullying, harassment or discrimination - so that the person being bullied, harassed or discriminated against can get help, as can the person behaving inappropriately
- try to tell those who are behaving inappropriately to stop
- Request for written apology
- Official warning
- Student behaviour management plan
- Suspension and parental interview
- Restorative mediation/circles
- Negotiated Transfer
- Legal action and/or police involvement