Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
This week I want to begin by thanking you for your enthusiasm and participation in our celebrations during Catholic Schools Week, it was a great success. It was wonderful to walk new and prospective families around our beautiful spaces - they were blown away, while seeing so many of our current families enjoying being in the spaces working with their children. We are always happy to have you in our spaces especially because our children delight in sharing their learning with you. I love that we had a chance to share our sunshine!
On a more serious note, last Friday, we were apart of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, along with many other schools in the country. This was and is a serious and important initiative from the Government, to assist us in the fight against this debilitating and devastating issue, not only in our schools, but everywhere. The Government put together a website, that we utilised on the day (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au); that details resources for the classroom and at home. The Government website, defines ‘bullying’ as:
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.
This definition was shared with our students along with the effects bullying can have on an individual or group. I encourage you to keep this line of conversation open with your child, so that we can continue working together towards building our students awareness, understanding and stand against bullying!
Let us celebrate and cherish the wonderful community in which we all play a vital role in creating an environment where our children are engaged, determined, enthused, committed and happy!