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PBL Update - Bullying

28/02/2018

Congratulations to the students who are receiving 'I Am' tickets at lunch times.  Some of our wonderful students are getting close to becoming bronze level wristband holders!  Keep up the great work.  Our week 5 'I Am' winners were 1C and 6M.

'I Am Respectful - I use good manners and make good choices' has been our focus expectation this week.  We are all constantly making choices throughout the day, at school, home and work.  Taking that second to think about the consequences of our choices is a skill that we teach students at school. 

We have had a few questions at school about bullying.  What is bullying?  The national definition for bullying for Australian schools is:

'Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm.  It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons.  Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).  Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.  Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.'

Bullying has three main R.I.P features.  It is ongoing and repeated, it involves intentional behaviours that can cause harm, and it involves a misuse of power in a relationship.

Is it bullying if someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once?  No, it's rude!

Is it bullying if someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once?  No, it's mean!

Is it bullying if someone says or does something intentionally hurtful - and they keep doing it after you have told them to stop or showed them that you are upset?  Yes, it's bullying and it needs to be reported!

It is important that we listen to our kids if they are having concerns at school and encourage them to use their Helping Hands.  If you have any concerns, please let you child's class teacher know.

- Luke Cifuentes & The PBL Team