From the Assistant Principals: "It Starts and Stops With You"

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats

As a Catholic educational community we strive to ignite the fire for knowledge and learning in each of our students; to ignite a passion that will transcend beyond the classroom to each student’s life, for the whole of their life. We are not only talking about “book learning” but life learning; a curiosity to want to know “why is it so?”.  Thus, we take a personal interest in each of our students. We care whether they are at school or not; we want to know their academic and career aspirations; we want to support them when things are tough and celebrate their wins.

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

This Friday 17th March is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

The National Safe Schools Framework defines bullying as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies, e.g. the Internet or mobile devices. Conflicts or fights between equals and single incidents are not defined as bullying. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have longterm effects on those involved, including bystanders. In short, bullying is a repeated pattern of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour, which involves the misuse of power. Cyberbullying is bullying through the Internet or mobile devices.

Below are some interesting facts about bullying taken from the government anti-bullying site “No Way”

  • Approximately one in four Years 4 to 9 Australian students (27%) report being bullied every few weeks or more, often during the last term at school.

  • Frequent school bullying is highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.

  • 83% of students who bully others online, also bully others offline.

  • 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied offline.

  • Peers are present as onlookers in 87% of bullying interactions, and play a central role in the bullying process.

Hurtful teasing was the most prevalent of all bullying behaviours experienced by students, followed by having hurtful lies told about them.

St John Paul II is committed to the provision of a safe and caring learning environment. Effective learning cannot occur unless this is the case. Students who tend to bully should be aware that the school will act strongly in response to reported cases of bullying. Students who do not feel comfortable with the actions of other students should report to their Leader of learning or Student Liaison Officer, either in person or via email. The “No Way” site has a range of resources for students, parents and teachers.

“It starts and stops with you” is a great motto to use with online issues. Everything can stop when you do not post or add comments to an issue. It also starts with you when you post or add comments to something online. It is a great way to think and to prevent poor choices online.