From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 4

  • 19 October: P&F Meeting 7-7:30pm
  • 28 October: Yr 11 Parent /Teacher /Student Interviews. 4-8 pm
  • 3 November Ancient Greek Theatre Festival. 6:30-9 pm
  • 4 November Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day and Parent Information session 6:30-7:30 pm
  • 10 November: Music performance evening. 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 26 & 27 November: College Musical
  • 11 December: End of year Speech and Award Ceremony (University of NSW)
  • 14 December: Last day of school for students
  • 15 December: Yr 7-10 Parent /Teacher /Student Interviews. 9-3:30 pm

 

Bullying: NO WAY

bullyingWhilst there is no definitive and universally accepted definition of bullying, the most influential research in the area of what constitutes bullying has been proposed by Olweus (1993):

“…bullying may be defined as a student being exposed, repeatedly and over time, to intentional injury or discomfort inflicted by one or more other students. This may include physical contact, verbal assault, making obscene gestures or facial expressions, and intentionally excluding the student.”

It is important to note that cyber bullying has become a significant area of concern and action in recent years. Cyber bullying may be defined as:

“………. 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)

The Commonwealth Code sets as an offence the use of a carriage service (such as a mobile or internet) in a way that is menacing, harassing or offensive. The maximum penalty for committing the offence is 3 years imprisonment.

 

‘Sexting’ is an occurrence that may be considered bullying. Under present legislation perpetrators place themselves in the serious position of making, viewing and or sending inappropriate and unlawful material.

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

The role of Bethany College, in partnership with parents and caregivers, is to nurture young people by providing optimum levels of support in learning, positive interpersonal relationship experiences and social support networks. The culture and atmosphere of our school plays a significant role in students developing a balanced approach to life.

  • Bullying and cyber-bullying disregard core values of the Catholic faith including dignity, respect, justice, equity, compassion, trust and courage.
  • Bullying needs to be recognised, named and addressed to ensure we work toward an authentic Christian school culture.
  • Bullying, including cyber-bullying, can adversely affect the wellbeing of students and is therefore unacceptable.

Bethany college follows the CEO policies with respect to Anti-Bullying to ensure procedural fairness, and target bullying using a variety of approaches including but not limited to:

  • Raising awareness: Pastoral Periods and Assemblies
  • Working with student leaders
  • Educating students and staff on the effects of bullying behaviour and the responsibility of all students to address the issue, in particular the critical role of the bystander
  • Conducting confidential bullying surveys 7-12

The partnership between families and the College is crucial to ensure that we address any issues that arise.

CEO Anti-Bullying Policy:  pol-anti-bully

 

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal