Expectations & Regulations
When instances of bullying are reported, they are investigated thoroughly and dealt with in conjunction with our John Therry ‘Maintaining Right Relationships Policy’ (see link below). There are several different consequences that may be imposed. Depending on the severity of the bullying behaviours, students may be involved in Restorative Processes to repair damaged relationships. They may also be excluded from school via suspension. In all cases, students will be required to sign the John Therry Anti-Bullying Agreement before being allowed to resume their place in the community. A link to the Anti-Bullying Agreement can be found below.
We encourage all students in the community to take responsibility in ensuring that ‘bullying’ type behaviours are not accepted. We acknowledge that that power of the ‘bystander’ is just as detrimental as the person ‘bullying’ another person. Therefore, bystanders may also be called to account for the role they play in perpetuating the situation.
There are many avenues for students to report bullying to a staff member. Students can speak to a teacher in person. They can speak to anyone with whom they feel comfortable, but the first person should be the student’s Learning Mentor or Year Coordinator. Students also have the option of reporting bullying anonymously online at the ‘Student Links’ section of the website. A shortcut to this page is located here. Any report that is made here is emailed directly to the Pastoral Coordinators.
In this digital age, the important of developing Cybersafe practices is extremely important. Students are explicitly taught appropriate ways to use technology and appropriate ways to interact via social networks. As part of our safe practices, all students and parents are expected to sign the Appropriate Use of Internet Agreement. This is located in the student planner but can also be accessed via the link below.
Related Policies & Procedures
Outlines the school's expectations when students are using school provided internet services
Outlines the school's expectations regarding student interaction
Contains an overview of the procedures to take if you are being bullied
Agreement that all students have the right to feel safe at school
Outlines the code of conduct to be followed by all students
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The Pastoral Care of students at John Therry Catholic College is seen as an integral part of the total School program. We operate under a Restorative Justice Framework. Consequently, we acknowledge that as our students learn and mature into young adults, they may make mistakes from time to time. Through the processes of Restorative Justice, we assist students to reach an understanding of how their choices impacted themselves and others so that they realize the effect of their actions. We then assist students to re-think their choices and reach an understanding of how they could make more positive choices in the future if they find themselves in similar circumstances. Having said that, we also have very clear consequences for students who breach the John Therry rules which have been put in place to ensure the safety of all members of our community and ensure that everyone has the capacity to learn and achieve to their potential. These consequences are outlined in the ‘Student Actions and Consequences Summary’.
Consistent failure to adhere to the John Therry rules or unsafe conduct may result in a student being excluded from the school community for a period of time. This is to allow the student to reflect on their conduct and make a conscious choice to reconnect with the community with a genuine willingness and intention to conform to the school’s code of conduct.
If a student is placed on In-School Suspension they are segregated from the school community and supervised by the school executive. There are a range of procedures a student on In-School Suspension must follow and these are documented on the ‘In-School Suspension Agreement’ (see link below). If a student is placed on In-School Suspension, parents are informed via a letter home and phone call. In some cases, a parent interview may also be required. Once the suspension has been completed, students are placed on a booklet for further monitoring.
If a student is placed on Out-of-School Suspension they must remain off school premises for the time of their suspension. Before they can return to the school community an interview with parents is required and students must demonstrate a genuine willingness to adhere to the John Therry school rules. If the student does not demonstrate this willingness to comply, the suspension may be extended for a longer period of time to allow for more reflection on behalf of the student. While on suspension from school, the expectation is that students will be completing their studies at home. In most cases, work will be emailed directly to the student by their classroom teacher. Where this is not possible, work will be provided to the student in other forms. Students returning to the school community following suspension are placed on a Violet booklet for monitoring. This is to assist the students to ensure that they are developing positive study habits and successfully staying on track.