At Xavier, we expect students and staff to show respect for their self, others, their learning and their environment.
Sometimes this respect is challenged by the actions of others, in the form of bullying. At Xavier, we work together to prevent bullying behaviours from occurring.
What is bullying?
Bullying behaviours are:
- Repeated hurtful behaviour
- Intended to cause physical, psychological and/or emotional harm to an individual
- Based on a power difference between the perpetrator and the victim
Bullying can be:
- Physical – punching, hitting, kicking, tripping
- Verbal – teasing, name calling, offensive names, abusive comments, threats, constant criticism
- Non-verbal – writing offensive notes, rude gestures
- Psychological – spreading rumours, hiding or damaging possessions, unauthorised use of camera devices
- Emotional – deliberately excluding someone, refusing to sit next to someone, actively ignoring someone
- Sexual Harassment – Deliberate, uninvited, unwelcome comments or actions of a sexual nature
- Racism – Comments, gestures or ostracism on the basis of nationality, skin colour, ancestry, ethnicity
- Religious Discrimination – Ridiculing religious beliefs and practices
- Cyberbullying – any form of bullying involving technology
What do I do?
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you are being bullied, you must let someone know.
Speak to your Homeroom Tutor or another teacher you trust. They will work with you, the House Coordinator and other staff to address the behaviours that are occurring.
What will we do?
If students are involved in bullying behaviour, there will be consequences implemented. The Homeroom tutor and the House Coordinator will initially deal with reports of bullying, in collaboration with the Assistant Principal, when required. Incidences will be recorded in student files and raised for discussion with relevant staff teams.
Investigation – Some or all of the following – House Coordinator(s), Homeroom Tutor, Class teacher, Assistant Principal, Counsellor, Principal – will investigate the claims being made. The investigation may involve talking to the victim, the bully, witnesses or bystanders. After completing the investigation, the school will make an assessment on the report.
Based on the assessment, the school will take the appropriate action. This action may include (but is not limited to):
- Contacting the parents of students involved
- Counselling the students involved
- Disciplinary measures
- Conducting a restorative interview between all parties involved. At Xavier, we use a process of restorative practice where appropriate. The individuals concerned will take part in a restorative session to deal with any issues and provide accountability for the behaviours.
- Contacting the Police