Anti‐Bullying Policy

OLMC affirms God’s presence in all people. As a result we acknowledge our sacred and relational nature and commit ourselves to developing a community which based on love and trust rather than fear and doubt. We aim to be a supportive, caring community which encourages and challenges each other to fullness of life in Christ.

Statement of Beliefs

At OLMC we believe that all members of our school community have an equal right to feel safe and secure at school. Christ’s spirit and values permeate all areas of school life and take precedence over all else. Bullying and harassment are unacceptable behaviours that conflict with these values and as such have no place in our school community.

Definition of Bullying

We define bullying as the deliberate, repeated mistreatment of another person:

  •  physically,
  • verbally
  • emotionally or
  •  psychologically with the aim of dominating, excluding or intimidating others
  • where an imbalance of power exists due to the above repeated behaviours

Bullying is not one‐off incidents of name‐calling or physical abuse (although these actions are certainly unacceptable).


Bullying Examples Include:

Physical: hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, pinching, biting, and tripping.

Verbal: put downs, name calling, insulting, threatening others, obscenities, teasing, gossip, racist remarks.

Emotional/psychological: spreading nasty rumours, excluding others, isolating others, making threats, cyber bullying (for example using social media such as mobiles, social network sites, email to engage in bullying behaviour).

Strategies for addressing Bullying Behaviour

  • staff professional development,
  • programs of education for all stakeholders – parents, staff and students
  • anti-bullying school programs such as ‘Growing Respect’
  •  bullying awareness lessons in classrooms
  • providing information to parents and carers through the school newsletter and available leaflets and brochures
  • social skills programs for students
  • staff, parents and students to be vigilant and report incidents of bullying behaviour to an appropriate person.
  • Police Liaison Officer

Responsibilities of students:

  • have a developmentally appropriate understanding of bullying and bullying behaviours
  • report incidents of bullying, whether a victim or a witness
  • help someone who is being bullied
  • not bully others

Responsibilities of staff:

  • model appropriate behaviour at all times
  • ensure that students are supervised adequately
  • be alert to any signs of distress
  • respond to all reported or witnessed incidents of bullying
  • report incidences of bullying to the School Leadership Team
  • teach students the skills that will empower them to take responsibility for themselves
  • teach students to value diversity, tolerance and respect

Responsibilities of parents/caregivers:

  • support the anti‐bullying policy of the school
  • model appropriate behaviour at all times
  • be alert for signs that your child may be being bullied or bullying others
  • encourage and support your child to report incidents of bullying, whether as a witness or a victim

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD PARENTS CONTACT OR APPROACH OTHER PARENTS OR STUDENTS ABOUT ANY INCIDENTS OF BULLYING

Bullying Response Procedures

  • A member of the School Leadership Team will investigate all reports of bullying behaviour and interview students involved where required to establish the nature of the incident. A “no blame” approach will be followed.
  • Incidents are documented and all staff informed via email
  • Appropriate support/consequences will be put in place for all those involved. These may include mediation, time‐out, restitution, or counselling.
  • In the case of confirmed bullying, both the victim’s and the perpetrator’s parents/carers will be informed.
  • In the case of students demonstrating repeated incidences of bullying behaviour, a meeting with parents/carers will be held. A Goal Setting/Action Plan will be constructed, implemented and reviewed.
  • In the case of students repeatedly displaying victim behaviours, a meeting with parents/carers will be held. A Goal Setting/Action Plan will be formed, implemented and reviewed.
  • Referral to Guidance Counsellor or other support personnel may occur when either bullying or victim behaviour is persistent and resistant to change.

Useful Resources:

1. Rigby, K (2003). Bullying Among Young Children: A Guide for Teachers and Carers.

2. Very Mixed Emotions: A Discussion Starter on Bullying in Childhood. (DVD) National Community Crime Prevention Programme of the Australian Government

3. National Centre Against Bullying (www.ncab.org.au)

4. Bullying. No Way! ( www.bullyingnoway.com.au)

5. Kids Helpline (kidshelp.com.au)