Safe and supportive environment

Fitzroy High School values a culture of mutual respect, the appreciation of individual differences and the positive resolution of conflict. Positive social behaviours are developed and enhanced through comprehensive skills-based programs which include restorative practices, anger management, peer mediation and support.

The school has written the Student Code of Conduct to ensure that anti-bullying and anti-harassment strategies are fully implemented. The school reports on the success of these strategies in its annual reporting cycle.

Definition of bullying

The essential feature of bullying behaviour that Fitzroy High School wishes to address is the inappropriate use of power that is deliberate, chronic or repeated over time, by one or more persons over another less powerful person or group.

Examples of bullying and harassment include:

  • verbal abuse including name calling, racist remarks, teasing;
  • physical attacks including pushing, hitting, punching, hair pulling, scratching, spitting;
  • social exclusion including ostracism, ignoring, alienating; and
  • psychological abuse including acts that instil a sense of fear or anxiety.

 

Strategies

The school's wellbeing team has identified a range of whole-school preventive programs and practices in line with the Framework for Student Support Services in Government Schools Teacher Resource.

These include the following.

  • Professional learning programs for staff.
  • Introduction and trial of programs for students.
  • Strengthened linkages with parents through parent information forums.

 

Specific primary prevention and early intervention programs and strategies

Fitzroy High School implements the Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools through:

  • encouraging a climate of cooperation and mutual respect through its leadership, teaching practices and modelling of desired behaviours;
  • implementing comprehensive skills-based programs;
  • implementing a comprehensive transition program;
  • incorporating students' needs and views into daily classroom activities as appropriate;
  • ensuring that school organisation and management practices are democratic and collaborative; and
  • ensuring the consistent and fair application of school rules.