Expectation for week 8 & 9: Be resilient, persist, co-operate
These qualities are not always easy to teach or explain to young people. At MSS, teachers model how the qualities look in the classroom and playground, as well as explain them. Over the past week, students have been given the opportunity to look at how they be resilient, persist, co-operate. We have even related these qualities to animals, to show the qualities in the wild.
This week, we are still continuing with end of year assessments. The end of Term 4 can be challenging for us all, so we do need to be resilient, persist, co-operate to achieve our best.
Lots of breathing! We need to remember our Pause Process, so that we can be resilient, persist, co-operate.
What is Bullying?
The agreed national definition for Australian schools describes bullying as:
- ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm;
- involving an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening;
- happening in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records);
- having immediate, medium and 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.
Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:
- mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
- not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
- one-off acts of meanness or spite
- isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence
Although these behaviours do not constitute bullying, these issues are still considered serious and need to be addressed and resolved. At Mareeba State School our staff quickly respond to any matters raised of this nature, in collaboration with students and parents. Please contact us so that we can help with all reported matters.
Please send in any old uniforms you may have, to the office or BM room. We love and appreciate them, and they never go unused. Shoes and socks are welcome also.
- Cherene Trimble, Head of Behaviour Support