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In this week’s Calling article I build upon the topic of bullying covered last week with a discussion around two very important tools in the fight against bullying, ‘The Anti-Bullying Portal’ and our parents.

To begin our fight against bullying I ask that you get your son to come and sit with you as you go over this article. Please ask your son to do two things with you:

  1. Watch the St Patrick’s Anti-Bullying video as presented on last week's College Assembly - link here ».
  2. Access the Anti-Bullying Portal - link here ».
The Anti-Bullying Portal

St Patrick’s College would like to take this opportunity to remind our established families, and to explain for our new families, the online reporting site, which can be accessed via Student Connect and the link here ».. If you or your son would like to report a bullying issue one method available is for him to follow the instructions below and complete the Anti-Bullying Portal form. This site allows students and parents to report bullying in a confidential environment, directly to the Dean of Students. The Anti-Bullying Portal is a very effective tool particularly in regard to reporting cyber bullying, as you can easily copy and paste online conversations.

  1. Go to the SPC Connect
  2. Click to the Student Portal
  3. Click on the “Anti Bullying Portal" (also linked here)
  4. Report the bullying incident - including names.
  5. Press 'Send'
Advice to Parents

Bullying can take many forms: physical, emotional, verbal or a combination of these. If you learn your child is being bullied, you may immediately want to protect him and confront the aggressor. You may feel embarrassed and want your child to toughen up, to get in there and fight back. You may simply feel helpless. However, none of these responses will be helpful to your son or the situation. Please sit down with your son and calmly gather as much information as possible. It is essential that he feels believed and listened to. It is important to find out information such as what happened, who was involved, where and when the incident occurred and if anybody else witnessed it. Avoid laying blame and contact the College so that we can gather the facts. Please remember that the best outcomes in regard to issues of bullying are achieved only when the College and parents work in partnership. You have our personal assurance that all concerns will be followed up promptly and fairly. Keep in mind that the goal in these situations is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all students, not to escalate an already difficult situation.

No parent wants to hear his or her child is behaving like a bully. Of course your first response will probably be defensive. However, please remember that this discussion is ultimately about the well-being of your child, regardless of how it is being framed. Your discussion with your son should focus on several key points:

  • Bullying is not acceptable in our family or in society.
  • Ask students how they can help themselves. Consider to whom they could go to at the College if they see themselves getting into this situation again?
  • Clearly specify the consequences if the aggression or bullying continues.

As I stated last week ‘Not On Our Watch – Stand Up, Stay Strong, Stop Bullying’ is a program that encourages those young men who are not bullies or targets to play a powerful role in reshaping the inappropriate behaviours of others. Teach your son to speak up on behalf of children being bullied. Instances of bullying are significantly reduced if bystanders are prepared to make a stand and discourage it. We are all responsible for the safety of each individual student within our community: staff, parents and students alike.

I appreciate your support with this issue.

Mr Darren Kearney - Dean of Students


ALL HALLOWS SCHOOL DANCE

An invitation to this dance has been extended to St Patrick’s College Years 7 and 8 students.

  • Where: Loretto Hall at All Hallows School
  • Drop off and pick up zones for cars are at the Kemp Place and Dodge Lane entrances
  • Cost: $10 – current College ID must be presented
  • Bottled water and small snacks available at a cash only canteen
  • Dress: Neat casual – no singlets or thongs
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Entry is only between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • Students will not be permitted to leave before 10:00 pm unless collected by a parent at the entrance door.