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Middle & Secondary Personal Safety and Bullying

The following guidelines have been established in the College’s pursuit of developing a safe and positive environment where students have the opportunity to flourish within safe boundaries.

Personal Safety

The following guidelines have been established in the College’s pursuit of developing a safe and positive environment where students have the opportunity to flourish within safe boundaries.

Living at Home
Living and studying at home is important.  Students need adult supervision and support to do well at school. Students will need College approval to live away from home or they may lose their enrolment.

Sun-safe
Parents/ carers are responsible for ensuring that their child/ren wear their hats to school and apply sunscreen prior to arriving at school each morning.

Bus Travel
Seat belts are to be worn at all times. Students are expected to sit quietly and treat each other with respect and kindness. Poor behaviour on buses can distract the driver and is a safety concern. Students are expected to take care of the College buses. Eating and drinking on board is not permitted and all rubbish should be taken off the bus.

Vehicles
To ensure safety of our students the College has strict rules regarding students driving vehicles to and from school. Permission forms must be obtained from and submitted to the Head of House to drive to school and to carry passengers other than siblings. Once permission is obtained, students are permitted to park in the student car park located to the left past the netball courts. Students cannot drive to College events. Students must use the transport provided by the College. Students should not visit their vehicles during the school day. Students should drive safely and well within the road rules and never hurry or show off to friends. Students need to show respect to neighbours regarding parking and observing speed limits.

Personal Boundaries
Students are expected to treat each other with respect in their conversations both personally and on social media. Public displays of exclusive boyfriend-girlfriend style relationships are not acceptable.

Property Boundaries
Students should stay within the College boundaries when attending school and stay out of the classrooms and Church unless a staff member is present. The car park is also out of bounds during school hours.

Once a student is at the College, they are not permitted to leave the College grounds again until after school. Any student leaving the College grounds within normal College hours must have written parental permission and needs to sign out at the College Office.

Ordering Food
Students are not permitted to order any items, food or otherwise to be delivered to the school grounds or surrounds during school hours.

Prohibited Items
To ensure the safety of all students, alcohol, drugs and weapons are prohibited at the College. Chewing gum is also not permitted at College.

Before and After School
Supervision of students is not provided until 8.15am. Students should not be dropped off prior to this time. Students waiting to be collected after school should do so at the College Pick-Up and Drop-Off Zones. These areas are supervised until 3.30pm.

Protection from all Forms of Harm and Inappropriate Behaviour
Every student is entitled to protection from all forms of harm and inappropriate behaviour. We expect you to respect your teachers and other students and we expect that you will receive the same respect in return. If you feel unsafe, you should always report it to someone you trust.

Harm refers to:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional abuse or deprivation
  • physical neglect and/or inadequate supervision
  • sexual abuse or exploitation.

Who should I tell if I am not feeling safe at school or at home?
Any forms of harm are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are experiencing harm or if you believe you are likely to experience any form of harm (this includes any behaviour by a staff member which is inappropriate), then you should report the matter to either:

  • a trusted classroom teacher or Family Group teacher
  • your Head of House or Head of Area (Primary/ Middle/ Secondary)
  • the Chaplain or College Counsellor
  • the Deputy Principal or Head of Campus
  • If you do not feel like talking to someone, you may write a letter to any of the above persons.

What will happen if I report what is happening to a member of staff?
If the concern is worrying you but not causing you immediate harm, then the member of staff will discuss with you ways to solve your problem. If the concern is serious and the member of staff believes that you are being harmed or in danger of being harmed, he or she will report it to the Deputy Principal or the Head of Primary.

What if I don’t want the member of staff to tell the Principal?
The member of staff will try to keep your concerns confidential as much as possible. However, if the member of staff is aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been caused by anyone to a student of the school then the law says that the matter must be reported to the Principal and it may have to be reported to the police. If the staff member has no choice about reporting what you have told them to someone else he or she will explain to you exactly what will happen next.

Remember—the most important thing is that you feel safe and free from harm. You must tell someone if you are being harmed or are afraid that you will be harmed.

What if I suspect that another student is not feeling safe at school or home?
If you know or if you suspect that another student is being harmed or is likely to be harmed or is being subjected to inappropriate behaviour, then you should report your suspicion to one of the persons listed above.

Bullying

At Brisbane Christian College we strive to establish a safe and nurturing environment which promotes our students’ self-esteem and self-confidence. Bullying is not tolerated because it results in hurt, fear and loss of self-esteem.

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:

Mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance), not liking someone or a single act of social rejection, one-off acts of meanness or spite, isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

(while these behaviours are not considered ‘bullying’ they need to be addressed in the same way as other inappropriate behaviours, by proper behaviour management.

Cyber bullying refers to bullying that is carried out through information and communication technologies.

Bullying comes in many forms, none of which are acceptable:

How to manage bullying behaviour

Students can do something about it! The following strategies can be used to help overcome bullying:

Ignore the behaviour by walking away.

  • Challenge the behaviour. Simply saying, ‘I don’t like what you are doing!’ makes a clear statement.
  • Tell someone in charge. Sometimes a student may need help. Students can speak to a teacher, chaplain, the counsellor or another staff member. He or she will address the issue and the student will be supported.
  • Break the cycle of bullying. Students can make a difference. When a student sees bullying behaviour, he or she is encouraged to do something appropriate about it.

What can you do if you are being bullied?
Any student who feels they are being bullied is encouraged to report their concerns immediately.

Bullying will continue if those responsible think they can escape detection and avoid consequences.

  • Approach your Head of House/Head of Year, Senior Staff member, Family Group teacher, your parents, College Counsellor or another adult with whom you feel comfortable.
  • Any report of bullying made to the College will be followed up sensitively and actions taken will be documented.
  • Try not to show that you are upset. Try and look and sound confident. Bullies feel powerful if they believe they have upset you.
  • If the bullying continues students/parents are encouraged to report it again. It is important that bullies get the message that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Consider talking to the College Counsellor for help in developing skills which can be helpful in bullying situations.

What can you do if you act in a bullying way to another student?
If you recognise that your behaviour is inappropriate or has upset a student, speak with someone you trust about it. Your Head of House/Head of Year and College Counsellor will support you in your efforts to change. Apologise to the student if possible and work out how you can make sure that you don’t repeat the behaviour.

What can you do if you are accused of being a bully?
Speak with your Head of House/Head of Year or College Counsellor immediately. Your view regarding what has happened will be carefully listened to and you will be treated fairly at all times.