Trinity Anglican College has launched Respect at Trinity – An Anti-Bullying Approach. This positive perspective view is student driven as Year 12 student leaders have presented the initiative to their senior secondary peers.
At Trinity Anglican College, we expect students and staff to show respect and care for their self, others, their learning and their environment.
Sometimes this respect is challenged by the actions of others, in the form of bullying therefore students of Trinity Anglican College will work together to prevent bullying behaviours from occurring. The emphasis will be on a consistent college wide approach to proactively build positive relationships and to intervene efficiently when incidents do occur.
Student voice will be required as part of an ongoing evaluation of what happens at Trinity Anglican College. Students will be equipped to feel a sense of empowerment in dealing with situations of bullying. Students will be encouraged to form a community of respect & care in which all students look out for and stand up for one another.
Student involvement may include: having students teach one another about the impact of bullying, plays and dramatic skits, short films, art, peer intervention, posters, wristbands, inviting and hosting guest speakers, and a provision to report any bullying without fear of consequence.
Addressing bullying cannot be viewed as a singular approach. It must be a multi-faceted undertaking that addresses the varying needs of all students.
Recently over 20,000 students (aged 8 – 14) in Australian schools completed surveys about bullying. The results were published in the Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study (ACBPS).
Following are some of the statistics highlighted by the study:
- Each year, 30% of students are the target of bullying and cyberbullying. Almost one in every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. However, only 36% of the bullied students reported it.
- Approximately one in four students (27%) have reported being bullied from primary to high school.
- Hurtful teasing was reported as the most common bullying behaviour.
- Bullying was most common for Year 5 students (32%) and Year 8 students (29%).
- Peers are present in 87% of bullying interactions, mostly as onlookers who do nothing to help the victim.
- Racial bullying against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has improved from the 31% reported in 2005 to 10% in this study.
- Older students are more likely to cyber bully than younger ones.
- Over 80% of those who bullied others online would also do so offline.
- 84% of those who were bullied online were also victims of bullying behaviour offline.
- 64% of females from Years 6 – 12 reported being cyber bullied.
- Reasons for being bullied reported most by students were looks (55%) and body shape (37%)