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Bullying No Way!





The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is Friday 15/03/2019. The school has been registered and all students will be receiving wristbands to promote the day. We are asking all students to wear an orange shirt to show their support for our school’s stance against Bullying. In order to be clear about the topic the following excerpt is offered.

We all know that school is in many ways, reflective of life in the broader community and unfortunately harassment or bullying, does sometimes occur. While all students need to develop Emotional Resilience and be able to handle the rough and tumble of daily life, there are times when things go beyond school yard banter. We have all heard the term ‘bullying’, but often, we all have a different interpretation, of what constitutes bullying.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.


One of the biggest factors affecting the incidence of bullying, is the action of bystanders. When the students as a group take a stance that says “We do not tolerate bullying in our school” then the bullies find that they do not have supporters and the sheer weight of numbers reduces the incidents of bullying. It is evidence of the old adage “there’s strength in numbers”. Yet we as a school community need to realise that it is all of us “saying no to bullying” that will make the difference.


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