Anti-Bullying Information

At Saint Francis of Assisi College, we want all students to learn and play in a safe, friendly and caring environment. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure a bully-free environment. Everyone in our school community deserves to feel safe.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is deliberate, repeated actions intended to threaten, hurt or embarrass someone. It is the opposite of friendly, caring behavior. Bullying can be direct or indirect and includes:

  • Regularly excluding a person from games, groups or conversations
  • Deliberately picking on or ignoring a person.
  • Repeatedly teasing someone because of their looks, culture, gender, religion or abilities
  • Deliberately physically threatening or hurting someone
  • Deliberately interfering with property
  • Sending hurtful notes, emails or text messages
  • Spreading rumors and/or circulating photos or information on social networking sites

To prevent bullying at SFAC, we

  • Teach about and model respect, friendliness, and care through the social curriculum and in our behavior
  • Acknowledge positive behavior
  • Listen respectfully to students and provide opportunities for student voice
  • Regularly survey students and action on the information
  • Encourage students, parents, school staff to report troubling incidents early before it becomes a problem
  • Reinforce the importance of empowering victims and bystanders in acting to end bullying
  • Ensure that all staff know how to address bullying effectively and respectfully
  • Teach students and inform parents about anti-bullying safety measures

How can I tell if my child is being bullied:

Some signs that a child is being bullied may be:

  • unexplained cuts, bruises or scratches
  • damaged or ripped clothing
  • vague headaches or stomach aches
  • refusal to go to school
  • asking for extra pocket money or food
  • tearfulness or depression

What does my child do if he/she is bullied?

  • Discourage attacks by showing confidence and not overreacting
  • Do not fight with a bullying child or make verbal or written insults (these could lead to more aggression and possibly serious injury)
  • Call out for help or find an adult or peer right away if one feels unsafe
  • Do not reply online or text message (It is best to show the message to an adult and block any more messages from the sender)
  • On a face-to-face bullying,
    • talk to the bullying child (if it feels safe). Look him/her straight in the eye and say strongly but calmly “Leave me alone” or “You don’t scare me”
    • walk away from the bullying child. (Do not run, even though you want to; it may strengthen a felling of power in the bullying child)
    • tell an adult about the episode
    • Have an understanding of what constitutes bullying and become familiar with school process
    • Be aware of signs of distress in your child.
    • Encourage talking (it may be difficult but be patient)
    • Try not to overreact and make rush judgment
    • Listen calmly and try to work out the facts
    • Reassure your child that it is not happening because there is something wrong with him or her, and that they are doing exactly the right thing to talk about what is bothering them.
    • Report the matter to the teacher-in-charge/discipline officer even if unsure of the extent of the bulling to initiate investigation
    • Tell your child that physical/verbal payback on their part (or yours) is not the answer
    • Work through issues with the school
    • Talk to your child about what is happening and why, reinforcing the home/school relationship.

    What Can Parents Can Do?

    How does SFAC deal with cases of bullying?

    The school -

    • Works confidentially with the student who has bullied, the child who has been bullied and any bystanders to develop agreed solutions and repair relationships
    • Talks with parents or guardians
    • Holds individual meetings to establish what has happened
    • Each person involved is asked about the problem and to suggest ways in which he or she could help to make things better
    • The person who has been bullied is given the opportunity to explain their feelings to the bully
    • The person who has bullied is asked to explain his/her behavior (consequences may be necessary)
    • Agreement to future ways of getting along is reached; a consequence is set should the agree be broken
    • The agreement is monitored ad reviewed with students, teacher and parents
    • In situations where bullying behavior persists or incidents of a violent or illegal nature, the matter is dealt with according to the DECS/CHED’s Discipline Policy and may result in suspension or expulsion.

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