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Our talented Mathematics students had the opportunity to pit their wits against students from many other schools in the state on two Friday nights in March. The Upper School team was at Trinity College on March 10 and performed well against very competitive opposition.
It is wonderful to see the new shade structure connecting the Art Block to S Block has finally been completed. Student seating has been moved to this area and the handball courts will be relocated.
Bullying refers to any behaviour which acts against the fundamental rights of another to feel safe and to be treated with respect. Bullying behaviours may be physical, verbal, visual or social in nature and may be conducted by an individual or a group and may be directed against any individual in a less powerful position and unable to defend themselves in a given situation. It is the severity as well as the frequency of the behaviour that is of concern.
We define bullying as systematic, repeated and deliberate negative actions towards an individual or individuals that are designed to hurt, create discomfort or embarrass.
Bullying can undermine a child’s wellbeing and ability to learn, and with this in mind, the Applecross Senior High School community is taking a proactive approach to this issue. We aim to provide school members with a safe and secure environment, where bullying is an unacceptable behaviour and action will be taken to eliminate this behaviour.
Underpinning our policy is the Health Promoting Schools Framework, which ensures a whole school approach to bullying is taken, and recognises that bullying can be tackled by the child, parents, school staff and community members. Parents can expect to be informed of on-going bullying so that they can work with the school to solve the issue.
Prevention practices will be used in order to minimise the incidence of bullying at Applecross Senior High School. The school addresses bullying and cyber-bullying as part of the curriculum and informs students on procedures and expectations.
If bullying does occur, students will receive mediation via a "Shared Concern Approach" to problem-solve the unacceptable behaviour. Further, the school encourages and promotes positive student behaviour through its curriculum and behaviour management policy. The "Applecross Senior High Chooses Respect" program aims to instill the values of mutual respect and personal best. Students are expected to set goals and work together to achieve positive learning outcomes.
Bullying behaviour can occur by the following means: Physical, verbal, electronic, gesture, extortion, exclusion or indirect bullying.
Bullying is not: Mutual conflict or single episodes of nastiness or random acts of aggression.
What should students do if they are bullied? Students should report bullying behaviours (whether as a subject of bullying or as a bystander) to their teacher, year coordinator or any staff member they feel comfortable with. At home, students should disclose the bullying incident to a parent or guardian, who can then inform the appropriate year coordinator. In the case of cyber-bullying, parents are requested to inform police and their service provider. Students must not delete any information they receive as it can be used as evidence against the perpetrator.