Burwood Public School

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Anti-bullying policy at BPS

At Burwood Public School, we aim to create positive relationships with and among our students and with our staff to ensure shared meaning and create an inclusive environment at our school. We believe that all school stakeholders, particularly staff, students and parents, need to be aware of strategies to identify and respond to incidents of bullying.

What is Bullying?

Bullying behaviour has three key features. It involves the intentional misuse of power in a relationship. It is ongoing and repeated, and it involves behaviours that can cause harm. 

Bullying behaviour can be:

  • verbal e.g. name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threats.
  • physical e.g. hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping spitting.
  • social e.g. ignoring, excluding, ostracising, alienating, making inappropriate gestures
  • psychological e.g. spreading rumours, dirty looks, hiding or damaging possession, malicious SMS and email messages, inappropriate use of camera phones.

Conflict or fights between equals or single incidents are not defined as bullying.