This Anti-Bullying Policy should be read in conjunction with the policies contained in the Anti-CyberBullying Policy, The Dignity in the Workplace Policy and the Code of Behaviour and the Internet Acceptable Use Policy of Coláiste Chríost Rí.
This policy applies to students of Coláiste Chríost Rí while they are in attendance at the school or involved in any school-related event. It shall apply to students while still in school uniform though in a location other than the school grounds themselves.
The school reserves the right to apply its anti-bullying policy in respect of bullying that occurs at a location, activity, function or program that is not school related if in the opinion of the principal and/or the Board of Management the alleged bullying has created a hostile environment at school for the victim, has infringed on the rights of the victim at the school and/or has materially or substantially disrupted the education process or the orderly operation of the school.
(a) The Department of Education and Skills requires schools to have a written policy on bullying.
(b) Schools also have obligations under the Equal Status Acts, 2000, which relates to discrimination based on nine grounds: gender, marital status, family status, age, race, Religious Belief, disability, sexual orientation, membership of the Traveller community.
(c) Our Trustees, the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust (PBST), have a statutory obligation to ensure that a policy is in place that reflects the principles and values of the religious and educational philosophy of the school.
This policy is consistent with the Mission Statement of Coláiste Chríost Rí which states the following: Coláiste Chriost Ri is an evolving inclusive Christian community committed to Catholic education in the Presentation Brothers' tradition; we pursue academic and sporting excellence within a unique Gaelic culture and tradition. Our curriculum maintains a creative balance between preparation for the workplace and development of the person.
(a) To fulfil our mission statements commitment as outlined in the previous paragraph.
(b) To promote each student's right to enjoy his learning and leisure free from bullying, both in the school and while engaged in school-related activities.
(c) To ensure every member of staff has the right to enjoy his/her work and association with Coláiste Chríost Rí.
(d) To offer help, advice and support to victims of bullying.
(f) To confront perpetrators of bullying and give them realistic, firm and consistent guidelines and support to help control their behaviour.
(g) To work with, and through, the various local and national agencies where appropriate in countering all forms of bullying.
In relation to students, this policy applies throughout the school year, for all school activities, both in the building and in the grounds of Coláiste Chríost Rí, and anywhere our students are under supervision of staff (trips, tours, sports outings, etc). Students on the way to the school or going home from the school are entitled to the protection of this policy. It should also be kept in mind that the school may take a view upon any items published, by any means, if those items could bring the name of the school or any person working in the school into disrepute. This last consideration is not confined to term-time only.
Coláiste Chríost Rí has adopted, without amendment, the document entitled 'Anti-Bullying-Procedures-for-Primary-and-Post-Primary-Schools' and is committed to all guidelines as set out therein.
Arrangements, Roles and Responsibilities are set out in the document 'Anti-Bullying-Procedures-for-Primary-and-Post-Primary-Schools'
The aim of a sanction is to:
(a) Help the person harmed to feel safe and be assured that the bullying will stop.
(b) Hold the perpetrator to account by helping him to recognise the harm caused and to deter him from repeating the behaviour.
(c) Demonstrate to the school community that bullying is unacceptable and that the school has effective ways of dealing with it, so deterring others from behaving similarly.
The success of this anti-bullying policy will be evident in the wellbeing and happiness of the whole school community as reflected in fewer incidents of bullying behaviour being encountered.
Offenders and victims of bullying may be referred for counselling.
All sections of this template must be completed
The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
A positive school culture and climate which-
Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school's code of behaviour.
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school's code of behaviour.
Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.
The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with issues of bullying is (are)
The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyberbullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows
Will be dealt with through
The school's procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows
Key person (Deputy Principal)
and, where deemed appropriate, invoke
and, where necessary,
The process may be amended in response to whether or not the victim wishes it to be known that he has made a complaint. In circumstance where the victim does not want it known that he has reported an issue, an indirect means of attaining primary information will be adopted in early stages of the investigation. This will typically involve
The school's programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows
Aim towards inclusion
For victim and aggressor: aim towards reconciliation
and, where considered wise
The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.
The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.
Signed: ____________________________________ Signed: ___________________________
(Chairperson of Board of Management) (Principal)
Date: ______________ Date: __________________