Information on Bullying








Holy Cross School



Our Vision

 Safe children thriving in a peaceful world.


Our Mission


To foster the social, emotional and spiritual development, safety, and well-being of children through education and self advocacy.




Holy Cross School is proud to have initiated the Steps to Respect Bullying Prevention Program. This program includes school-wide and classroom level activities and individual interventions with the bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders. Steps to Respect program combines the efforts of all school staff, as well as students, parents, and other members of the community to reduce bullying.


 We all know that bullying is an issue in all schools today. It affects all children whether as a bully, the bullied, or the  bystander. Although the severity may differ every school experiences bullying to some extent. At Holy Cross School we are trying to take a proactive approach to bullying in our school. Students and adults need to be empowered to know how to handle bullying situations.


Holy Cross School efforts include:

  •   Training all staff
  •   Establishing a bullying prevention steering team
  •   Administering surveys 
  •   Establishing student wide rules   
  •   Holding regular divisional meetings
  •   Making use of bullying resources 
  •   Holding school wide assemblies  

                                  School Rules:


We will respect ourselves and others.


We will accept responsibility for our actions.


 The Steps to Respect program will be implemented at Holy Cross School beginning in September 2007. Steps to Respect is a universal school-based skills program designed to decrease bullying and help children build more respectful, caring peer relationships. Curriculum lessons are for grades 3-5 or 4-6, so supplementary lessons will be planned for K-2.


Bullying left unchecked can have long-lasting consequences. All children feel the negative effects of bullying whether they are the victim, the bully or a bystander. Barbara Coloroso (2002) addresses these three characters in bullying situations in her book The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School-How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence. Children who are bullied tend to experience further rejection from peers; have lower self-esteem; feel lonely, anxious, insecure; and avoid or dislike school.

This curriculum provides school staff with knowledge and skills to:

  •   Understand the role of friendship skills in preventing  bullying
  •   Recognize bullying behavior
  •   Support children who are bullied
  •   Intervene effectively in bullying situations

 The aim of implementing this program is to provide a school environment where students, staff, and parents feel safe, respected and valued, and where bullying cannot flourish.



                          ~Together Standing Strong ~

Bullying takes many forms, but children can be taught

to stand up to intimidation and put an end to bullying.