St Thomas’ follows strict Anti-Bullying guidelines, as laid down by the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office.
The co-operation of students, parents and staff, together with the School’s Anti Bullying Policy and the School Code of Behaviour, recognise that a safe and friendly school environment is the aim.
Strategies to prevent bullying will fall within the following broad categories:
- ‘moral education’ in the context of religious education, liturgies and assemblies;
- ‘across the curriculum’ values teaching;
- clear statements from staff about the nature and unacceptability of bullying;
- teaching specifically related to bullying in the PDHPE curriculum;
- teaching more positive ways of resolving conflict;
- staff and students as role models;
- provision of activities which develop a culture of caring for one another;
- appropriate provision of counseling or other support services; and
- provision of support for parents through information seminars, support networks etc..
Bullying is viewed as a breach of the School’s behaviour code. Any reports of bullying will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken. The response to bullying will provide:
- guidance and other support for the victim; and
- appropriate and consistent sanctions and support for the bully.
All initial cases of bullying will be dealt with by the respective class teacher/homeroom teacher who will keep the Assistant Principal/ Principal informed.