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Concord High School

Concord High School

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Welfare at Concord

Welfare at Concord

All staff at Concord High School are committed to helping each student reach his or her potential, with an emphasis on the development of the whole child, not just focusing on the academic. The school's welfare structure reflects this, with support to students and parents being provided on a number of levels. The aim is for every student to feel known, valued and cared for. 

The Welfare Team meet weekly to discuss student progress and issues relating to all aspects of wellbeing needs within the school. 

The Welfare Team meet weekly to discuss student progress and issues relating to all aspects of welfare needs within the school. The Team is organised as follows:

Welfare Team 2021

Danka Milinovic - Deputy Principal

Fiona Milligan Head Teacher Welfare

Judith Joy - Counsellor

Kathryn Dunn – Counsellor

Maryanne Snewin - Year 7 Year Adviser

Tanaya Hempstead - Year 7 Year Adviser

Madison Smith – Year 8 Year Adviser

Alison Armitage - Year 8 Year Adviser

Ellen Hoy - Year 9 Year Adviser

Eliza Psaros - Year 9 Year Adviser

Kate Easterbrook -  Year 10 Year Adviser

Tina Bean -  Year 10  Year Adviser

Scott Morrissey- Year 11 Year Adviser

Nikki Phillips - Year 11 Year Adviser

Ben Mitchell - Year 12 Year Adviser

Zoe Ticehurst - Year 12 Year Adviser

 

William Paling – Men's Adviser

Silverine De Silva - Women's Adviser

School Nurse - Lorraine Bechara

Positive Behaviour for Learning

 

Positive behaviour for learning (PB4L) is an evidence-based whole school process to improve learning outcomes for all students

It is an internationally acknowledged behaviour and learning framework, which has been successfully implemented at Concord High School and thousands of schools throughout the world. Research shows that schools that have implemented PB4L increase student learning and maximise positive student behaviours.

PB4L ensures that decisions about school systems and practice are based on data collected on a regular basis from the school. This data guides decision-making and evaluates how well the system is working.

PB4L is a values-based system, which ensures that all students have a clear picture of what is expected of them at school. Students have the opportunity to develop positive attitudes and behaviours in order to do their best as students of our school.

Concord High Schools PB4L core values are: Respectful, Responsible, and Achieving. Our PB4L handbook has more information on how this is implemented to support our students.

Signs are placed around the school describing the expectations we have of our students in all our school settings, to keep the expectations clear and at the forefront of everyone's minds. We also have incentives to reward students who display positive behaviours.

The successful implementation of PB4L is a key target in Concord High School's school plan to ensure that the school continues to implement processes that support all students in choosing positive behaviours. PB4L allows the school community to guide students of Concord High School to becoming successful learners of our community.

Anti Bullying

View Concord High School's anti bullying plan.

CHS defines bullying as repeated behaviour where there is a deliberate intent to cause physical harm or emotional distress. These behaviours can be verbal, social, psychological or physical. They impact on the lives of the person/people being bullied, those doing the bullying and those looking on. Bullying incidents can be isolated or repeated, organised or unintentional. Bullying behaviours indicate an imbalance of power.

(Peer Support Foundation, 1998)

Values at Concord High School

ConcordHigh School is dedicated to actively providing a safe, supportive and caring environment which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem for all members of the school community. Bullying is not acceptable in any circumstance, and bullying behaviours will not be tolerated at Concord High School. The school rejects violence, harassment and any form of discrimination.

All individuals in the school community – students, staff, parents – have the right to a safe environment which is free of bullying. If bullied, they have the right to be provided with help and support. Staff and students who witness bullying have the responsibility to act in some way to help the victim.

As a School Community we will not allow cases of bullying to go unreported but will speak up. This is the shared responsibility of students, parents and teachers.

Definition of bullying

Concord High School is dedicated to actively providing a safe, supportive and caring environment which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem for all members of the school community. Bullying is not acceptable in any circumstance, and bullying behaviours will not be tolerated at Concord High School. The school rejects violence, harassment and any form of discrimination.

All individuals in the school community – students, staff, parents – have the right to a safe environment which is free of bullying. If bullied, they have the right to be provided with help and support. Staff and students who witness bullying have the responsibility to act in some way to help the victim.

As a School Community we will not allow cases of bullying to go unreported but will speak up. This is the shared responsibility of students, parents and teachers.

Bullying occurs when someone causes serious embarrassment, pain or discomfort to another. It can be threatening, hurtful or frightening. Bullying behaviours include:

Physical

  • hitting, pushing or pulling
  • spitting on others
  • punching or any other form of  physical assault
  • interfering with another's property by stealing, hiding, damaging or destroying it

Verbal

  • using offensive names, teasing or spreading rumours about others or their families
  • using put-downs, insults, sarcasm and threats
  • ridiculing another's appearance
  • making degrading comments about another's culture, religious or social background, disability or sexuality
  • making suggestive comments or other forms of sexual abuse

Social and Psychological

  • writing offensive notes or graffiti about others
  • excluding others from a group
  • making someone feel intimidated and afraid
  • gestures and menacing looks at someone to make them feel afraid
  • forcing others to act against their will

Cyber Bullying 

  • using the internet, especially social networking sites to embarrass / harass / threaten others
  • encouraging others to bully someone using the internet
  • abusive text messages
  • using a mobile phone to record or photograph someone to embarrass or threaten

Common misconeptions about bullying

"I was only joking"

This is what the bullies use as their defence. Bullying is NOT a joke.

"No one will do anything about it."

Bullying can be stopped, but only if people REPORT it to an appropriate person.

"I don't want to dob".

Telling the TRUTH is not dobbing. Bullying will continue unless truthful reports are made.

"I didn't hurt anyone".

Bullying is not just about physical violence; it includes verbal, social, psychological and cyber bullying.

"That's gay"

Calling a person or an event / idea "gay" is inappropriate. Find another way of expressing yourself.

If we are bullied:

  • we may feel frightened, unsafe, embarrassed, angry or unfairly treated
  • our work, sleep and ability to concentrate may suffer
  • our relations with our family and friends may deteriorate

What students can do

If you are being bullied, there are some options. These include

  • avoid an argument and just walk away
  • find a safe place like the library at Recess and Lunchtime
  • keep in sight of a teacher in the playground
  • calmly and assertively stand up for yourself. For example, you could say "You might think that, but I don't". Ask your Year Adviser / School Counsellor for some ideas
  • talk to the person. For example "Tell me what you think I did wrong. Maybe we can work it out."
  • make sure you don't provoke the situation by getting into an argument.
  • speak to the school counsellor to get some strategies that might help you

If the bullying continues you must

  • tell someone (Year Adviser, Deputy, teacher, prefect, peer support leader, friend, parent). Reporting an incident of bullying is not being weak – it is the best way to stand up for yourself. The bullying may continue even after you have reported it; let someone know if this is the case.

If you are present when bullying occurs

  • Refuse to be involved in any bullying situation
    • Report the incident or suspected incident and help break the code of secrecy
    • If appropriate, speak up against the bullying: support the victim

Encouraging the actions of a bully can make you as responsible as the bully

What Concord High School does to prevent bullying

  • Students are made aware of the school discipline code which includes the anti – bullying policy
  • Staff are made aware of their responsibilities in identifying and dealing with bullying behaviours
  • Preventative welfare programs have been developed for Years 7-11 to enable students to recognise and understand unacceptable behaviours, and provide strategies to help
  • Peer Support allows students to be mentors for younger students
  • Student surveys are to be used regularly to monitor opinions and occurrences of bullying
  • Various KLAs have subject specific curriculum that have an anti bullying focus.
  • Reported incidents of bullying are documented and maintained in student records. 

The role of staff

All staff  must:

  • step in immediately to stop the bullying behaviout
  • treat all reports of bullying serious
  • be role models in word and action
  • be observant of signs of distress or suspected incident of bullying
  • make efforts to remove occasions for bullying by active patrolling during supervision duty
  • arrive at class on time and move promptly between lessons
  • take steps to help victims and remove sources of distress without placing the victim at further risk
  • report suspected incidents to the Head Teacher, Year Adviser or the Deputy Principal, who will follow the designated procedures

What parents can do

The School recommends that parents:

  • watch for signs of distress in their child, e.g. unwillingness to attend school, a pattern of headaches, missing equipment, requests for extra money, damaged clothes or bruising;
  • encourage your child to talk about the problem
  • inform the School if bullying is suspected
  • supervise your child on the internet, especially when using social media
  • ensure your child's email/social media pages have security to ensure privacy
  • keep a written record (who, what, where, when, how) especially with regards to cyber bullying;
  • be prepared to work with the school to resolve the issues
  • be willing to inform the School of any cases of suspected bullying even if your own child is not directly affected. The Report Form (below) is available to download.
  • report the incident to the police if the bullying is persistent or warranted

Evaluation

Bullying is an aspect of life that can only be reduced through raising awareness and appropriately empowering all members of the school community to act against it.

This policy will be reviewed regularly to update information and analysis of surveys.

When staff, students and parents work together, we create a more harmonious environment at Concord High School.