St Aloysius is committed to the provision of a safe and supportive environment free from harassment and intimidation which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem for all, both in and out of the classroom.
Our school is built on Gospel values. Bullying is not a part of our culture and is not tolerated. Procedures have been put into place so that children in our school are protected from bullying. St Aloysius seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment which:
- Minimises risk of harm and ensures students feel secure
- Supports the physical, social, academic, spiritual, and emotional development of students
- Provides student welfare policies and programs that develop a sense of self-worth and foster personal development
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School bases its Anti-Bullying Policy on the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle Anti-Bullying Policy. The students are taught an explicit approach to bullying. The full text of school and Diocesan policies are available on the school website and at the school office.
The National Safe Schools Framework (2011) defines bullying as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.
“…any form of bullying that utilises technology such as instant messaging, online chat rooms, online bulletin boards and email. In many ways this is a more insidious form of bullying since it may reach into a victim’s home.” In other words, technology now allows the bully to inflict psychological harm on his or her victim anywhere and anytime without respite. (Schools and the Law – Des Butler and Ben Matthews, p. 46).