St Bede’s is a community built on love, trust, compassion and justice and, as such, emphasises positive, healthy relationships.
The National Safe Schools Framework (2011) defines bullying as 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 or hidden. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. For this reason, St Bede’s Catholic College has zero tolerance of bullying and all cases are dealt with according to our Anti-Bullying Policy. Students at St Bede’s are encouraged to speak up and report any cases of bullying.
To monitor the College’s success in successfully managing bullying, whole school surveys are conducted each term. Information gathered in this survey enables the identification of students who may be acting inappropriately and who may be victims of bullying, in addition to identifying problem areas on the school site and the most likely time for bullying to occur.
In being pre-emptive of potential bullying, the College’s wellbeing program includes lessons and activities on this theme. Strong disciplinary action is taken in cases when a student’s behaviour has been deemed as bullying.