18 June 2018

Friendly Schools and Families

Welcome all to 2016 at Scotch College. I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing time during the past Christmas holidays and am ready and charged for an action-packed 2016. Although I am starting this year with a somewhat blunt article, I feel it important for all parents, students and staff to be aware of Scotch Colleges' definition of what does and does not constitute bullying-type behaviour based on the work of the Friendly Schools Plus team of experts.

What is bullying?

Bullying is when one or more of the following things happen AGAIN and AGAIN to someone who finds it hard to stop it from happening again.

Bullying is when a person or a group of people offline or online (mobile phone or Internet):

• Make fun of / tease someone in a mean and hurtful way.

• Tell lies or spread nasty rumours about someone to try to make others not like him/her.

• Leave someone out on purpose or not allow him/her to join in.

• Hit, kick or push someone around.

• Deliberately damage, destroy or steal someone's things.

• Threaten or make someone feel afraid of getting hurt.

It is NOT bullying when:

• Teasing is done in a friendly, playful way.

• Two people who are as strong as each other argue or fight.

Mr Warwick Norman

Friendly Schools and Families Coordinator