WOODLANDS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE STRONGLY OPPOSES BULLYING.


CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  • Be loved and protected from harm, and the responsibility to show others love and respect
  • Be listened to and taken seriously, and the responsibility to listen to and be supportive of others
  • Be proud of their differences, heritage and beliefs, and the responsibility to respect the differences, origins and beliefs of others
  • Be happy participating in all activities whether cultural, academic or sporting, and the responsibility to respect the differing interests of others

WOODLANDS AIMS TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT WHERE:

  • Individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted
  • Individuals empathise with each other and offer one another support
  • Bullying is reported to the staff and the necessary steps are taken by the staff to eliminate such behaviour

BULLYING IS AN UNACCEPTABLE FORM OF SOCIAL INTERACTION, WHICH PHYSICALLY AND/OR EMOTIONALLY DAMAGES ANOTHER PERSON.


FORMS OF BULLYING INCLUDE:

Physical Kicking, hitting, punching, pushing, slapping, bumping, tripping, damaging property or taking the possessions of others (stealing), forcing others to give you things or do things they do not wish to give or do.

Verbal Teasing, mocking, ridiculing, imitating, threatening, name calling, swearing, insulting friends, family, beliefs and religion, spreading rumours, ‘putting down’, unpleasant and/or abusive telephone calls, text messages or online abuse.

Psychological Threatening or dominating a person, ostracising people from games and other activities, ignoring or avoiding people, ganging up on a person, rude gestures, sending unpleasant and/or lewd messages (notes, emails, SMS’s or photographs) on social media platforms.

IF YOU ARE BULLIED YOU SHOULD:

  • Tell the person to stop and that such behaviour is unacceptable
  • Walk away and join another group of people if possible
  • Report it to a teacher
  • Place a written account of the incident in an envelope and address it to a teacher or the Principal (indicate in the letter if you wish to remain anonymous)

IF YOU WITNESS SOMEONE BEING BULLIED YOU SHOULD:

  • Take it seriously
  • Tell the offender to stop and that such behaviour is unacceptable
  • Walk away and join another group of people if possible
  • Report it to a teacher
  • Place a written account of the incident in an envelope and address it to a teacher or the Principal (indicate if you would like to remain anonymous)

WOODLANDS MAY RESPOND TO AN INCIDENT OF BULLYING IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • Mild cases of bullying will be dealt with by the class teacher and reported to the Principal
  • The Principal will deal with severe cases of bullying
  • Incidents will be investigated in the strictest confidence
  • All persons involved will be interviewed separately to gain an unbiased opinion
  • Parents of both parties will be contacted and informed of the incident
  • If bullying is severe or recurs, disciplinary action will be taken
  • This will involve the withdrawal of privileges, including participation in extra-mural activities or any form of socialisation where others are, as well as suspension from the classroom
  • In the case of severe or repeated bullying all parties concerned will be required to attend counselling sessions
  • If the problem persists, a disciplinary hearing will be held with a view to full suspension of the offender from the College