The purpose of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behavior, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The school recognizes three main types of bullying:

Physical (hitting, kicking, deliberate rough play, theft)
Verbal (name calling, taunting, teasing, racist remarks)
Indirect (spreading rumors, threatening or obscene gestures, systematic exclusion of someone from a social group or activity)
The school’s staff must be alert to the signs of bullying, document the incident and act promptly and firmly. A notebook will be kept in the principals’ office and all incidents of bullying are to be recorded as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

The following are steps that may be taken when dealing with incidents of bullying:

If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of the staff who has been approached or witnessed the incident.
A student and/or parent may report an incident of bullying to a staff member.
The principal will interview all concerned and will record the results of the interview.
Parents will be notified by the principal verbally and in writing of the incident and consequences (possible disciplinary action to be taken).
Any of the following disciplinary steps may be taken (depends on the severity of the bullying and previous discipline record of the student):

Official warning to cease offending
Detention with principal or designated staff member
Written documentation to be placed in the student’s discipline file
Formal written contract to be signed by student and parents
Counseling (inside and/or outside of school)
Appearance before the school’s Review Board
Voluntary withdrawal from school
Fairness is a very important characteristic in the art of getting along. Everyone has a measuring stick as to how fairness is measured and what is fair. As you develop your skills to get along with others, remember these strategies of being fair:

Play by the rules
Take turns and share resources
Be open-minded: learn to be a good listener
Don’t take advantage of others
Don’t blame others carelessly