no place within the St Mary’s community which upholds the Mercy
traditions of care and service and where mercy and justice are valued.
Bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances by any members
of our school community - students, parents or staff members.
Everyone has the right to feel safe at all times.
At St Mary’s College
we have an expectation that the dignity of each person will be respected.
Everyone has the basic right to feel safe within the St Mary’s
College community. Everyone is
responsible for ensuring that this right is enjoyed by all our school
All members of the
school community have a role in reducing the incidence of bullying and
ensuring that all members of the school community feel safe.
St Mary’s aims to provide a supportive environment for students and
staff members and to break down the code of secrecy surrounding bullying.
Everyone has a
responsibility to take action to stop bullying
at a peer level
at a school level
at a community level
Bullying can take a
number of forms; (physical, verbal, gesture, extortion and exclusion or via
It can be planned and
organised or may be unintentional.
This type of behaviour is
unwanted, unwelcome and usually persistent.
Bullying occurs when
is hit, punched, jostled or
is called hurtful, abusive
or offensive names
is sexually harassed
is a victim of abusive or
is ridiculed about their
appearance or abilities
has negative comments made
about their family, country of birth or religion
is teased repeatedly in a
is singled out for unfair
has rumours spread about
has their property
interfered with-eg., stealing, hiding or damaging
has repeated offensive
gestures made to them
has graffiti written about
is deliberately excluded
deliberately has school
relevant information withheld from them
is written or sent
electronically offensive messages
What can students do?
Refuse to be involved in any
Report the incident or
suspected incident to a staff member or student leader. Telling someone is
What can parents do?
Contact your daughter’s
Pastoral Care Teacher, Pastoral Co-ordinator, Counsellor or member of the
College Leadership Team in any of the following situations;
If your daughter reports
incidents of bullying behaviour.
If your daughter’s behaviour
indicates signs of distress or if you are aware of changes in behaviour such
unwillingness to go to
school, patterns of illness, missing equipment, damaged clothes, bruising.
If you have any concerns.