Friday 16 March was a day when St Emilie’s and many other Australian schools stood united in marking the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence .
This is a positive day of reflection and action.
Throughout the course of their primary school years all children at St Emilie’s explore bullying through the use of a variety of lesson experiences, incursions, reading books, songs, poems, guest speakers, drama opportunities, games, online resources and more. In developmentally appropriate ways together we explore:
- What bullying is
- How to respond if you are bullied
- Types of bullying: verbal, physical and social
- Being a safe and supportive bystander
- Being a safe and supportive upstander
- Online bullying
- Feelings and emotions
- Social-emotional skills
- Pro-social behaviour
- Respectful relationships
- How to be safe in person and online
- Dealing with strong feelings
- Conflict resolution
- Violence, discrimination, harassment
- Diversity and inclusion
- Prejudice/bias based bullying related to appearance, socio economic status, ability/disability, gender, sexuality, race, culture, religion, etc.
- Social status, power and inequityInformation for parents
The closer the home-school partnership, the greater the potential for maintaining a safe, respectful and bully-free environment for our children to grow and learn in.
As a staff we work hard to be positive role models and we make ourselves highly visible and accessible to children so they can talk things through and get the support they might need at any point in time.
We also support and promote the development of positive social skills , conflict resolution skills and finding the courage to report, seek help and stand up for others if and when bullying behaviour is seen or felt.
As parents, days like this are important because they are designed to make us all stop and think – what kind of role model am I presenting to my child?
How do I think, speak and act towards others in front of my children? Do I display a short fuse on the road? In the school drive through? Am I responsible user of social media? Am I leaving a positive digital footprint? What kind of advice do I give my children in relation to how they treat others? Do my children see a match between what I say and what I do? Am I carefully monitoring my child's online presence? Am I protecting my child from the dangers that come with poorly supervised online games and social sites? Am I monitoring the TV programs my children are watching?
A clip from THE PROJECT:
CLICK BELOW for some ideas on what parents can do if their child has seen bullying happening:
The daily conversations, promoting a spirit of genuine care and concern, authentic role modelling, supporting all children to own and learn from poor choices, and a focus on maintaining respectful relationships is very important in our school.
Children are growing up in a world where putdowns, gossip, and aggressive and rude behaviour is very sadly becoming more overt. This type of behaviour is extremely destructive to individual and societal wellbeing.
May we all continue to commit to empowering our children with a strong self-belief, good values, a kind heart, and the courage to seek help should they need it and to stand up for what is right!
A safe, respectful school culture requires us all to play our part.