Our Mission Statement affirms that The Cathedral College strives to seek excellence in learning, while instilling a spirit of service and Catholic values.  The Core Values of this statement calls those in our College Community to challenge those values which erode the dignity of the person.  As such, we believe that bullying in any form has no place in such an environment. 

Students are entitled to enjoy their education free from humiliation, oppression and abuse.  Bullying affects everyone – not just the bullies and their victims.  It also affects other students who may witness violenceintimidation and the distress of the victim.  It can damage the atmosphere of the classroom and the climate of our College. 

Bullying goes against the grain of what makes The Cathedral College special – an inclusive and caring co-educational environment.  Intimidation and violence have no place in our community and will not be accepted under any circumstances.   

At The Cathedral College, students, parents/care givers and staff have the expectation that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. 

What is bullying?

Bullying is when an individual or group misuses power to target another individual or group to intentionally threaten or harm or intimidate them on more than one occasion.  This may involve verbal, physical, relational and psychological forms of bullying.  Teasing or fighting between peers is not necessarily bullying. 

Bullying may involve:

  • Verbal bullying:   The repeated use of words to hurt or humiliate another individual or group.  Verbal bullying includes using put-downs, insulting language, name-calling, swearing, nasty notes and homophobic, racist or sexist comments. 
  • Non-verbal bullying:  Includes writing offensive notes, use of rude gestures and graffiti.  
  • Emotional bullying:   Includes repeated stalking, threats or implied threats, unwanted email or text messaging, abusive websites, threatening gestures, manipulation, emotional blackmail and threats to an individual’s reputation and sense of safety. 
  • Social bullying:  Usually involves repeatedly ostracising others by leaving them out or convincing others to exclude or reject another individual or group, making up or spreading rumours, and sharing or threatening to share another’s personal information. 
  • Physical bullying:  Includes repetitive low level hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, tripping, ‘ganging up’ and unwanted physical or sexual touching and damage to personal property.  More serious violent behaviours are not necessarily treated as bullying and may be better managed through the College’s Behaviour Management Expectations. 
  • Cyber bullying:  Involves the use of information and communication technologies such as email, text messages, instant messaging and websites to engage in the bullying of other individuals or groups.  This technology provides an alternative means for verbalpsychological and relational forms of bullying. 
  • Image-based abuse:  Occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured.  This includes real, altered (e.g. Photo shopped) and drawn pictures and videos.  Image-based abuse also includes threatening to send nude pictures of someone unless some demand is met by the victim. 

What is NOT Bullying:

  • Mutual arguments and disagreements 
  • Single episodes of social rejection or dislike 
  • Single-episode acts of nastiness or spite 
  • Random acts of aggression or intimidation 
  • A student deciding they do not want to be friends 

 Observers of bullying can do something about it by:  

  • Telling the person acting like a bully to stop 
  • Talking to a teachersupervisor or other staff member 
  • Not watching or joining in 
  • Calming the situation 
  • Trying to comfort and or include the person who is being targeted

At The Cathedral College, every report of bullying will be investigated and responded to in an appropriate manner.  Students who are being bullied should speak to their House Dean or Head of House (Boarding). 

Students being bullied can take action by:

  • Telling the person to stop 
  • Using neutral language to respond to the bullying i.e. ‘maybe’ or ‘that’s what you think’ 
  • Walking away 
  • Trying to act unimpressed 
  • Talking to your friends and ask for support 
  • Talking to your parents 
  • Talking to a teacher or staff member at the College 

If cyberbullied:

  • Save the evidence 
  • Do not respond to the message or image 
  • Block and delete the sender 
  • Report the situation to the website or internet service provider 
  • Tell trusted people – friends, parents, teachers 

Doing nothing will accomplish nothing.  Reporting bullying is not ‘dobbing’.  It is standing up for yourself the right way. 

What parents can do:

  • Talk:  Start a conversation about being bullied.  But do not make it intense it might deter your child from talking. 
  • Listen:  Hear the whole story without interrupting.  Ask what they want to happen before any suggestions are made. 
  • Explain:  It is normal to feel hurt.  It is never OK to be bullied, and it is NOT their fault. 
  • Find out what is happening:  Ask what, when and where the behaviours occurred, who was involved, how often and if anybody else saw it. 
  • Contact the College:  Make an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher or House Dean or Head of House (Boarding). 
  • Be calm and sensible:  Do not advise your child to fight back.  Do not explain that the child doing the bullying did not mean it – they may have.  Do not tell them it will go away – it may not.  Do not let your child stay away from school – it will not solve the problem. 
  • Help:  Do help your child work out some things to do – practise some useful strategies. 

What The Cathedral College does:

  • Responds appropriately to every report of bullying 
  • Includes anti-bullying presentations in House, Year Group, Middle School, Senior School and College Assemblies 
  • Encourages positive peer group pressure 
  • Explains the College’s anti-bullying expectations to all students 
  • Delivers targeted anti-bullying programs to students 
  • Encourages peer support and bystanders support 
  • Provide accessible electronic reporting for students (respect@tccr.com.au)  
  • Teacher observation of students in and out of classes 
  • Ongoing professional development of staff 
  • Provides a supportive environment for students that develops pro-social skills 
  • Provides counselling support for victims and bystanders affected by bullying 
  • Provides counselling support for the perpetrators of bullying incidents 

Procedures: 

Procedures implemented to protect the rights of all individuals at the College are based on a 3-level approach as outlined below.  These levels reflect the seriousness that the College places on this type of behaviour. 

Level 1 

If, after thorough investigation of a report, it is found that the behaviour is bullying, the student exhibiting the unacceptable behaviour is placed on Level 1.  The following is the procedure at this level: 

  • Parents/care givers informed of incident. 
  • Interview with student, parents/care givers, House Dean and Students’ Dean or Head of House (Boarding) and Assistant Principal: Boarding At this point the bullying procedures are clearly explained. 
  • Official notification sent to parents/care givers. 
  • Education is provided for student exhibiting the unacceptable behaviour.  This includes compulsory sessions with College Counsellor, ongoing monitoring of student behaviour and possible mediation with other student/s involved if requested. 
  • Follow-up will also be offered to other student/s affected.

Level 2 

Students already on Level 1 will proceed to this level if any further reports of bullying behaviours are again substantiated after thorough investigation.  At this level the procedure is: 

  • Parents/care givers informed of incident. 
  • Interview with student, parents/care givers, Students’ Dean and Assistant Principal: Students or Assistant Principal: Boarding.  At this point it is clearly explained that at the next level, the student will be excluded from the College. 
  • Official notification sent to parents/care givers. 
  • Period of exclusion in the form of a suspension. 
  • Return to College within the guidelines of a continued enrolment contract. 
  • Continuation of supported education.  This includes further compulsory sessions with a College Counsellor, ongoing monitoring of student behaviour and possible mediation with other student/s involved if requested. 
  • Follow-up will also be offered to other student/s affected. 

Level 3 

Students already on Level 2 will proceed to this level if any further reports of bullying behaviours are again substantiated after thorough investigation.  At this level the procedure is: 

  • Parents/care givers informed of incident. 
  • Interview with student, parents/care givers, Assistant Principal: Students, Assistant Principal: Boarding or the Principal. 
  • Exclusion from the College. 

 

 

Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton policies: 

Useful supporting information for parents and students:

Bullying, No Way!
Student Wellbeing Hub
Be You
ESafety
Reach Out
Youth Beyond Blue
Bullying Research Projects
National Centre Against Bullying