Whole School Student anti-bullying and harassment policy

I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some excerpts from our whole school student anti-bullying policy launch on August 21.

“We are Pulteney – we are a school that puts us, the students, at the heart of everything we do. We are a school that seeks to inspire a passion for learning. We are a school that honours our history and tradition but is forward thinking and works at putting you at the heart of everything we do.

Empathy is at the root of enhances our unique community values and relationships. Each and every one of you is cared about. Each and every one of us matters. Our school, of which we should be justifiably proud of, aspires to be a place where each of us contributes to in making it a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment where we are able to learn and actively build our own futures. We all have a role to play in this.

We are Pulteney – we are all in this journey together. Our School places relationships at the centre of who we are. We believe that positive, meaningful relationships with each other, students and staff is the basis of better outcomes for all of us.

Our Christian tradition states from the Gospel of Luke: “Luke 6:31 “Do to others what you would want them to do to you.”

Not every relationship always goes the way we would like. Sometimes our words and actions can cause harm to others. When this occurs, we need to acknowledge that, and work on restoring that relationship. If we need support and guidance with this, it will be provided and encouraged.

As a community, we also need to be clear that there is a line with this. If our words and actions are repeated and involves a misuse of power – it can be bullying.

Pulteney defines bullying as:

“repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons, leaving them feeling annoyed, uncomfortable, embarrassed or hurt.”

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. As a community that values positive relationships, we cannot allow bullying to occur. It goes against the values of our school and can have serious consequences for those involved.

Bullying is not normal behaviour, bullying is not acceptable behaviour, we all have a role to play. We all set the culture and climate for our school. We do not build ourselves up by knocking others down. Before we make a choice, we stop, we think, we act and we remember that we are all in this together.”

I would sincerely like to thank the students and staff who were involved in the formation of this policy, and those who led the presentation at the whole school assembly. It was great to see a range of students across our school from Kurrajong, Prep, Middle School and oneninety present at the assembly via a variety of mediums. Our Principal, Anne Dunstan also presented a video message to open the assembly, which I know the students appreciated.

In conjunction with a range of students, we will be spending time exploring how each sub school can continue to build our school community. I look forward to keeping the Pulteney community updated with our continued focus and communication of this important message. I encourage you to have a conversation with you child/children about the assembly last Tuesday and the key messages for them.

Steven McCulloch

Head of Student Wellbeing