Bullying is defined as repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or a group against others. A once off incident may also be defined as bullying as if it leaves a person in ongoing fear or has an ongoing effect on the person.
Annual Friendship Week ensures a pro- active approach to our anti-bullying policy.
Friendship week is a whole school initiative encompassing The Cool School Programme and the SPHE Programme.
Events and activities are organised to promote positive relationships and friendship.
The week also involves the distribution of a questionnaire investigating if bullying is an issue in the school.
Students are thought how to report incidents of bullying if they arise and how to be good bystanders.
Bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Rosary College.
- Students will be encouraged to report bullying immediately to Year Head or Tutor. Students are free to talk with any teacher who will forward information to the Tutor.
- Tutor will speak to both students separately and will offer both the support of the Guidance Counsellor.
- The Tutor will file a report sheet.
- The Home- School Liaison Teacher will make informal contact with both sets of parents/guardians and ask them to have a word with their own child.
- If a second incident arises with the same student, the tutor will fill in a second incident report. Both reports will be forwarded to the Year Head.
- Year Head will meet students and issue a verbal warning. Both students will be offered support of the Guidance Counsellor.
- The Year Head will contact Parents/ Guardians and inform them of the situation. Parents are free to make an appointment to discuss the issue.
- If there is a third bullying incident, the Year Head will fill in an incident report sheet and forward all three reports to the Deputy Principal. The D.P. will contact the Parents/Guardians as a matter of urgency to set up a meeting.
- The student will now be dealt with in the context of the School’s Code of Behaviour Copies of all the three incidents report sheets will be filed by the Deputy Principal.
- The school staff and management will work hard with parents and pupils to bring about a resolution as soon as possible.
- Any incidents of Physical Aggression or abusive Behaviour will not be tolerated. Students will, in these situations, bypass the 3 stages above and will be referred immediately to the Code of Behaviour. Parents/ Guardians will be notified immediately.
- Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact the Tutor or Home School Community Liaison Teacher if they have any concerns about bullying.
- If a Parent/Guardian has evidence of bullying, he/she should contact the Year Head to make an appointment to discuss the issue.
- If a Parent/Guardian believes their child to be a victim of physical or abusive behaviour, they should contact the Principal or deputy principal immediately to make an appointment. Parents/ Guardians have the right to contact the Principal or Deputy Principal to make an appointment any time they have concerns relating to bullying.
- The Board of Management reserves the right to have recourse to outside agencies where appropriate.
- This policy is subject to periodic review.