- As stated in the behavioral policy the goal of Corpus Christi Primary School is to create a safe, caring and happy environment for pupils, teachers and all staff. This policy is based on the DES guidelines “Countering Bullying Behavior”. It aims to produce a safe and caring environment in which all children can develop to their full potential.
- In Corpus Christi School bullying is viewed as very serious and unacceptable behavior. The school does not tolerate or condone bullying of any form or at any level of the school community. The Board of Management is committed to ensuring that all members of the school community - pupils, staff, and parents are enabled to act effectively to deal with bullying. This policy guides action and organisation within the school for preventing and responding to bullying.
- Bullying may be defined as repeated acts of aggression; which may be verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behavior that is intentionally aggravating and intimidating. Bullying may take many different forms, it includes behavior such as physical aggression, damage to property, theft of property, extortion, intimidation, taunting, threatening, exclusion, abusive telephone calls, isolation, name calling, writing notes, emailing or texting. As a form of aggressive behavior it is usually hurtful and deliberate. It is persistent over time and makes it difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves
- It is important not to confuse bullying with isolated incidents of aggressive or antisocial behavior, which must not be condoned. However when the behavior is systematic and ongoing it becomes bullying.
- Bullying behavior thrives in an atmosphere of uncertainty and secrecy in which the victim feels a sense of hopelessness. All members of the school community have a role to play in the prevention of bullying.
- The Board of Management is responsible for ensuring that all members of the school community are enabled to deal effectively with bullying. The Board is committed to providing time and resources for the implementation of the policy. The Board will ensure that proper supervisory and monitoring measures are in place to prevent bullying and to deal with incidents appropriately as they arise.
- The school staff will foster an atmosphere of friendship, respect and tolerance. Children’s self-esteem will be developed through celebrating individual differences, achievements, acknowledging and rewarding good behavior and manners and providing opportunities for success throughout the curriculum and school. Teachers will help pupils to develop empathy by discussing feelings and trying to put themselves in the place of others.
- Relationships with pupils will be based on mutual respect and trust so that pupils will have confidence in the school staff. Teachers will be vigilant, respond sensitively and caring to pupils who disclose incidents of bullying and investigate all disclosed incidents of bullying.
- Teachers will discuss the school’s anti-bullying policy with the pupils and use behavioral management strategies which focus on problem solving and enable pupils to take an active role in finding a solution to problems.
- The formal curriculum of the school will also be used to educate all pupils against bullying behavior. Anti-bullying issues may be raised through the school religion programme, the Social Personal and Health Education programme, the Stay Safe Programme, the Arts and/ or Circle time.
- Pupils are expected to be tolerant and to have mutual respect for each other. Pupils should report incidents of bullying to their parents and teachers. Parents are expected to encourage positive behaviour and discourage negative behavior both at home and at school. They should encourage children to solve difficulties without resorting to aggression.
- Parents should encourage children to share, to be kind, to be caring and to be understanding towards others. It is important that parents watch out for signs and symptoms that their child is being bullied or is bullying others. Parents need to discuss the school’s anti-bullying policy with their children and support the school in its efforts to prevent and treat bullying.
- Bullying incidents should be reported to the class teacher and/or the supervising teacher for investigation. This reporting may be done by the pupil, parent or a friend. All reported incidents which are serious or are part of a pattern of behavior will be noted, investigated and treated as circumstances require. Serious cases of bullying will be reported to the Principal. Reports of bullying behavior on the way to and from school will be investigated by the Principal.
- All reported incidents of bullying will be investigated. Support will be provided for anyone
who is bullied by offering them an immediate opportunity to talk about their experience with
their teacher or other teacher, along with continuing support when they feel they may need.