We undertake to educate the students in our care as to what constitutes
bullying, what their rights are as members of the school community
and what their responsibilities are with respect to the rights of
We will actively seek out information from students, parents and other
staff when we feel that there is an indication that a bullying situation
could be occurring. All such incidents will be investigated and followed
up by appropriate school personnel.
The well being and safety of the victim/victims will be treated as
being of paramount importance and this consideration will inform all
further action taken by the school.
Where possible and if it is judged to be in the interest of the students,
parents of victims and/or bullies will be informed and kept up to
date on progress in resolving the incident.
We actively encourage parents to communicate any suspicion they have
that an incidence of bullying is taking place, whether it involves
their own or other children. All communications of this nature All
be treated seriously.
"Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological
or physical conducted by an individual or group against others.
incidents of aggressive behaviour, which should not be condoned,
can scarcely be described as bullying. However, when the behaviour
is systematic and ongoing it is bullying"
to property, (damage to clothing, .school books, bicycle or locker).
- (loss of lunch money or property).
--(aggressive body language)
- (exclusion from groups, being ignored)
than one person engaged in bullying another. Normally this "Group"
would have a "Ring Leader" who would direct or encourage others.
Isolation and counselling of this "Ring leader" is the normal
solution to this type of "Bullying".
to One Bullying
One pupil bullying another.
to Pupil Bullying
Sarcastic, insulting or demeaning comments towards a pupil/s.
insulting or demeaning comments towards a teacher. Adults are as
vulnerable to Bullying as children.
about travelling to or from school (requesting parents to drive
or collect them, changing route of travel).
to go to school - (refusal to attend or "mitching").
in educational performance.
of physical illnesses (Headaches, stomach aches etc.).
changes in mood or behaviour.
signs of anxiety or distress.
out-of-character comments about either pupils or teacher.
missing or damaged.
requests for money or stealing money.
bruising or cuts or damaged clothing.
change in pattern of friendship, especially loss of friends.
signs do not necessarily mean that a pupil is being bullied. If
repeated or occurring in combination these signs do warrant investigation.
should always listen to what their child is saying by:
making snap judgements or evaluations.
them ample time and space to convey his/her fears (don't make
them ashamed of their fears).
you are concerned that your child is involved in bullying behaviour
or is a victim of bullying contact the College immediately and discuss
the situation with a member of Confey College staff. This could
be the Principal/Deputy Principal, Counsellor, Chaplain, Year Head,
Tutor or any other teacher.