What violence is
“Any use of force – verbal, written, physical, psychological, or sexual – against any person, by an individual or a group, with intent to directly or indirectly wrong, injure or oppress that person by attacking his or her integrity, whether psychological or physical well-being, rights or property.”Art.13, LIP 2012
What bullying is
“Any repeated direct or indirect behaviour, comment, act or gesture, whether deliberate or not, including in cyberspace, which occurs in a context where there is a power imbalance between the persons concerned and which causes distress and injures, hurts, oppresses, intimidates or ostracizes.”Art. 13, LIP 2012
Accomplishments and Celebrations
Over the last school year, Namur School continued to use the 4 guiding rules within the Olweus Program for direction:
- We will not bully others
- We will try to help students who are bullied
- We will try to include students who are left out
- If we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school or at home.
All students participate in community circles (conflict resolution) or hold class meetings to discuss ways to deal with everyday situations (conflicts, acts of intimidation) as well as how to get involved as a bystander. Students are becoming accustomed to staff dealing with incidents of violence or intimidation in a consistent manner. Staff put into use the strategies that encourage a bully-free, violence-free school environment.
Reporting of incidents of violence and bullying were recorded and analyzed so that we could work more efficiently towards reducing this rate. We also focused our attention on hotspots that required more supervision. We continue to work at developing the social emotional well-being of our students.