TACKLING BULLYING: Warrnambool College house leader Troy Boote, school counsellor Jayce Dufty and principal Michael Fitzgerald. Picture: Rachael Houlihan
The Communities That Care (CTC) youth survey has highlighted a number of issues facing adolescents across the south-west. Each week RACHAEL HOULIHAN will explore these problems and the people trying to find solutions.SCHOOLS across the south-west have a zero tolerance towardsbullying and are implementing programs and initiatives to combat the issue.
The CTC survey revealed one-in-four yearsixand three-in-ten year eightand 10 studentshave been bullied recently.
CTC co-ordinator Cameron Price said one-in-13 yearsix, one-in-ten year eights and one-in-11 year 10 studentsadmitted to bullying other students.
“Bullying is not one-off incidents or conflicts between peers, but the ongoing misuse of power where there is a pattern of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour,” Mr Price said.
“A power imbalance can arise when one person or a group can dominant others by being stronger, older, more articulate or intimidating.Bullying is where this power imbalance is repeatedly used to coerce or mistreat others causing physical or psychological harm.Apart from the immediate impact of bullying, there can be serious long-term emotional and psychological effects, lower academic performance and self-esteem and can lead to anxiety and depression.Those who are bullying others need support to learn more appropriate behaviour so they can function well in adulthood in their work and social relationships and reduce the chance of developing even more serious anti-social behaviours.”
Warrnambool College aims to reinforce that bullying is unacceptable, and principal Michael Fitzgerald said the college tries to build positive relationships across the whole school.
The school has six house groups, and tutoring and mentoring are offered in each house group.
“They are smaller communities and the parents deal with the same house leader,” he said.
“It’s all about building close relationships where people know each other and if something happens the leaders have a fairly good insight on the people involved. It helps so much.”
The school also has a well-being centre, which offers initiativessuch as the Holyoake drumbeat programand deals with issues such as bullying when they arise.
“Learning doesn’t start taking place until it’s a safe environment for students, which is why we invest a lot of time and money into well-being,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
Mr Price said bystanders who observe bullying can either passively condone bullying, or they can actively assert positive values and support those who are bullied.
“While this is no consolation to those being bullied, the good news is that compared to a national survey of year eightstudents, our south-westyear eights have lower proportions of both being bullied and bullying others,” he said.“We need to build on the good work done inschools to address and prevent bullying to further reduce the long-term harm that bullying can cause to both victims and bullies.”
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