Expectation for weeks 3 & 4: I am a Learner: I am confident, organised & on time
Goal setting and self-reflection have been on the forefront with this fortnight's expectation. Teachers have been asking students to self-evaluate how they see their confidence, organisational skills and their ability to be at the right place, on time and ready to learn. Students have been working with teachers to set small achievable goals.
The first fortnight of Term 4 had us revisiting Pause lessons from throughout the year and drawing upon the needs of individual classes and students. Over the past few weeks we have been back to filling our buckets and mindful eating, especially now that the weather is really heating up and with all of the summer stone fruits on the shelves!
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 physchological 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
These conflicts are still considered serious and need to be addressed and resolved. At Mareeba State School our staff will work to quickly respond to any matters raised of this nature in collaboration with students and parents. Please contact MSS if you have any concerns, so we can help with all reported matters.
- Cherene Trimble (Head of Behaviour Support)