Anti­‐Bullying Policy

Jesus said: “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do to me”.

All who come to our school, and seeks to build a community of hospitality and inclusion where differences are respected and partnerships are fostered (Patrician Belief Statement).

Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield exists as a Catholic School with a focus on gospel values and an emphasis on respect and care for the individual.

1. Objectives - Policy statement

Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield rejects all forms of bullying. No student, employee, parent, caregiver or community member should experience bullying within the learning or working environments of the College. Our College seeks to affirm each person’s worth, dignity and vocation by creating a supportive and safe learning environment for staff and students.

2. Audience and applicability

The policy applies to all bullying behaviour, including cyberbullying, that occurs at Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield and off school premises and outside of school hours where there is a clear and close relationship between the school and the conduct of the student.

3. Context

  1. 3.1  Bullying is 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. Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.
    Bullying can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including that based on sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-­‐term effects on those involved including bystanders.

    Conflict or fights between equals or single incidents are not defined as bullying.

  2. 3.2  Schools exist in a society where incidents of bullying behaviour may occur. Preventing and responding
    to bullying behaviour in learning and working environments is a shared responsibility of all staff, students, parents, caregivers and members of the wider College community.

  3. 3.3  All members of the College community contribute to the preventing of bullying by modelling and promoting appropriate behaviour and respectful relationships.

4. Anti-Bullying Plan (Refer to figure 1)

4.1    The College Anti-­‐Bullying Plan includes:

  • Maintaining a positive climate of respectful relationships where bullying is less likely to occur.
  • Clearly stating student rights and responsibilities as per the College student diary.
  • Developing a shared understanding of bullying behaviour that captures all forms of bullying including cyber bullying through regular education and pastoral care lessons.
  • Providing bullying prevention programs including the use of outside organisations in educating students about the effects of bullying.
  • Conducting an annual Bullying Survey for the College Community.
  • Providing clear bullying reporting procedures, including an online reporting tool located on the Homepage of the College Website ­‐
  • Providing support to any student who has been affected by, engaged in or witnessed bullying behaviour. Responding to incidents of bullying that have been reported to the College quickly and effectively.

4.2    Students are encouraged to report all incidents of bullying. Students can report bullying by:

  • Reporting incidents of bullying directly to a teacher, their Homeroom teacher, Year Coordinator or the Pastoral Care Coordinator.
  • Accessing the “Report Bullying” button on the College Website -­‐
  • Completing the annual College Bullying Survey .

4.3    The College response to incidents of bullying are outlined in the Student Management Policy. Responses may include:

  • Restorative Justice conferences for all persons involved / impacted by the incident of bullying. 
  • Parent interviews of both the victim(s) and perpetrator(s) of bullying.
  • Disciplinary action where deemed appropriate to the perpetrator(s).
  • College Counselling where deemed appropriate for the victim(s) and perpetrator(s).
  • Referral to external support agencies where deemed appropriate for the victim(s) and perpetrator(s). 
  • Involving student leaders to as role models to support perpetrators and victims of bullying

4.4    Key contacts for students who are victims of bullying include:

  • Year Coordinators
  • College Pastoral Care Coordinator
  • Local Parish Support
  • School Police Liaison Officer 0447 011 633 
  • College Counsellor (02) 9728 4488 
  • Community Services Helpline 133 627 
  • Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
  • Parent Help Line 13 20 55
  • NSW Health 9840 3603

4.5    Resources:

  • Catholic Education Office Pastoral Care Document –­‐ past-­‐care.pdfpage2image20096

5. Responsibilities and Delegations

5.1    College Staff

College staff have a responsibility to:

  • Respect and support students.
  • Model and promote appropriate behaviour.
  • Have knowledge of College policies and procedures relating to bullying behaviour. 
  • Respond in a timely manner to incidents of bullying.

In addition, teachers have a responsibility to:

  • Provide pedagogy that supports students to develop an understanding of bullying and its impact on individuals and the broader community.

5.2    Students

Students have a responsibility to:
  • Behave appropriately, respecting individual differences and diversity. 
  • Behave as responsible digital citizens.
  • Follow the College Anti-­‐Bullying Plan.
  • Behave as responsible bystanders.
  • Report incidents of bullying according to the College Anti-­‐Bullying Plan.
5.3    Parents and caregivers

Parents and caregivers have a responsibility to:

  • Support their son(s) to become responsible citizens and to develop responsible on-­‐line behaviour.
  • Assist their son(s) in understanding bullying behaviour.
  • Support their son(s) in developing positive responses to incidents of bullying consistent with the school Anti-­‐ Bullying Plan.
  • Report incidents of school related bullying behaviour to the school.
  • Work collaboratively with the school to resolve incidents of bullying when they occur.