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Bullying - No Way!

Woree State High School practises a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to bullying in all its forms, in line with Education Queensland’s policy and the provisions of the Child Protection Act. Our school and school community endorses the right to safety of all school community members. Bullying undermines this right and prevents students form achieving their full potential in the educational and social setting. Bullying affects all members of the school community, not simply the bully or the victim, and can damage the supportive environment of the class and of the school in general. For these reasons, bullying cannot be tolerated and must be addressed with immediacy and consistency.

Definition of bullying

'Bullying is a behaviour by an individual or group, that is repeated and hurts another, either physically or emotionally.' (Woree State High School 2011).

Physical Bullying

When a person or group uses physical actions to bully.

Verbal Bullying

Repeated name calling, insults, homophobic or racist remarks.

Psychological Bullying

Threats, stalking or manipulating someone.

Cyber Bullying

Using technology to bully verbally, socially or psychologically.

Covert Bullying

When a person or group lies about someone, spreads rumours or deliberately excludes someone.

Aims of the policy 

  1. To counter views that bullying is an unavoidable part of school life.
  2. To overcome communication barriers associated with bullying.
  3. To create a safe and supportive teaching/learning environment for students and staff.
  4. To provide support and counselling services for both bully and victim.
  5. To pro-actively promote a school climate where bullying behaviours are not tolerated and are infrequent in incidence. 
 

The documents below contain further information regarding Woree State High School's 'zero tolerance' approach to bullying: 

 

For more information regarding mental health/wellbeing/bullying please visit the following websites: 

Office of the ESafety Commission  https://esafety.gov.au/

Beyond Blue  https://www.beyondblue.org.au

Headspace Cairns  https://www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/cairns/

Queensland Health  https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health

Eheadspace   https://eheadspace.org.au/

Kids Helpline  www.kidshelp.com.au  1800 55 1800

Lifeline   www.lifeline.org.au 13 11 14

Mensline   www.mensline.org.au  1300 78 99 78

Reach out   https://au.reachout.com/

Bullying No Way! https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/