Harassment and Bullying

At Hallett Cove School we recognise three levels of conflict that may take place at school. The first is conflict in relationships which take place in all relationships and in all communities. Conflict is a disagreement or argument between two or more individuals where one or both sides feel their needs are not being met. Conflict is best resolved by fair discussions and debate. In the Secondary School we support this process by encouraging students to talk to a trusted friend, Home Group teachers or a Student Counsellor, so that a fair discussion can lead to a resolution. In the Junior School students are encouraged to talk to a trusted friend, class teachers, Youth Worker, Assistant Principal or Head of Junior School.

Harassment is any repeated action that is not acceptable to another person. Preventing harassment is a priority in our school. Anyone feeling harassed should tell a trusted friend, a teacher or student counsellor. In the Junior School students should tell a friend, their class teachers, Youth Worker, Assistant Principal or Head of Junior School. Staff will take action to ensure that harassment situations are challenged.

Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behaviour that intentionally hurts another person. Again students are asked to report the behaviour to a trusted friend, a teacher or student counsellor but this time the matter will be dealt with by a year level manager in consultation with an Assistant Principal. In the JuniorSchool the matter will be dealt with by the Assistant Principal or Head of Junior School.

What does harassment and bullying look like?

Harassment and bullying may take many forms:

  • Name-calling
  • Teasing
  • Suggestive sexual comments
  • Racist remarks
  • Negative comments about people
  • Spreading rumours
  • Deliberately excluding others

And can be done by people through verbal and written communication or on the Internet and social networking sites such as:

  • Text messages
  • Email
  • Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook
  • Phone calls
  • Note
  • Graffiti

Or can be physical:

  • Touching
  • Pushing
  • Fighting

Important points to remember

  • Harassment and Bullying can occur at anytime, anywhere and by anyone
  • Acknowledging harassment and bullying is the first step to solving it.
  • It is everyone’s business – being a witness makes it your business
  • Telling is being supportive and seeking solutions not “dobbing”
  • It is wrong, against school policy and may be against the law
  • It is a form of violence
  • Harassment and bullying effect your health and wellbeing
  • All parties involved in an incident will be listened to.
  • Our responsibility is to address harassment and bullying

Am I a bully?

Ask yourself:

  • Are my actions or words hurting someone else’s feelings?
  • Are my actions hurting someone else physically?
  • Are my actions or words making someone else feel afraid?
  • Am I trying to control someone else?
  • Am I unfairly taking out my feelings of anger or frustration on someone else?
  • Would I like someone else to do this to me?
  • How would I feel if someone did this to me again and again?

Cyber-bullying and e-Crime

Our School is committed to preventing cyber-bullying and other e-crime at our school.

The Department of Education and Children's Services has released updated information and guidelines to help students, parents, and teachers to improve our vigilance in protecting children from exposure to Internet and other forms of electronic harassment. The following link will direct you to the DECD Cyber Bullying information page where you can download a copy of a pamphlet that explains:

  • What is cyber-bullying?
  • Examples from South Australian Police
  • What schools are doing to protect children
  • How to monitor technology
  • Where you can get help
  • Where you can express your concerns about e-crime, cyber-bullying, or offensive sites


Resources on Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Online

Kids Help Line: Bullying

Be Cybersafe

DECS Internet Safety

Bullying: No Way!