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Bullying behaviour has three key features. It involves the intentional misuse of power in a relationship. It is ongoing and repeated, and it involves behaviours that can cause harm. The NSW Department of Education requires all NSW public schools to have an Anti-bullying Plan which details the strategies implemented to reduce student bullying behaviours


The NSW anti-bullying website provides evidence-based resources and information for schools, parents and carers, and students. Schools are encouraged to visit the website to support whole-school prevention, early intervention and response approaches and strategies for student bullying behaviour.

Sir Josephs Banks High School's Commitment

Our school rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying by maintaining a commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning community that promotes student wellbeing. Executive staff are committed to establishing evidence-based approaches and strategies that promote a positive climate where bullying is less likely to occur. 

1 School culture and inclusion 

All members of the school community are active participants in building a welcoming school culture that values diversity and fosters positive relationships. A key component of a supportive school culture is building respectful relationships and an ethos that bullying is not accepted, in both online and offline environments. School staff will actively respond to student bullying behaviour. 

Our school engages in the following practices to promote a positive school culture. 

1.1 School assemblies

Student bullying and expectations about student behaviour will be discussed and information presented to promote a positive school culture where bullying is not accepted. 

1.2 Staff communication and professional learning

Dates Communication topics and Professional learning
Term 4 2022 Trauma Informed Practice Professional Learning
Daily Staff muster
Twice per term Staff meetings
Ongoing Sentral

1.3 New and casual staff

New and casual staff will be informed about our school’s approaches and strategies to prevent and respond to student bullying behaviour in the following ways. 

Casual and new staff will be informed about the schools’ approaches and strategies via: 

  • accessing staff handbook with school's policy and strategies as part of induction and ongoing daily practice
  • participation in daily muster
  • delivering PB4L lessons
  • use of Sentral

2 Partnerships with families and community 

Effective schools have high levels of parental and community involvement. This involvement is strongly related to improved student learning, attendance and behaviour. Our school proactively builds collaborative relationships with families and communities to create a shared understanding of how to support student learning, safety and wellbeing. 

2.1 Website

Our school website has information to support families help their children to regulate their emotions and behaviour and develop socially. Information is provided to assist if children have been involved in bullying behaviour (as the person engaging in bullying behaviour, as the person being bullied or as the person witnessing the bullying behaviour). 

The following are published on our school’s website:

  • School Anti-bullying Plan
  • NSW Anti-bullying website
  • Behaviour Code for Students

2.2 Communication with parents 

Our school will provide information to parents to help promote a positive school culture where bullying isnot acceptable and to increase parent's understanding of how our school addresses all forms of bullying behaviour. 

Dates Communication methods and topic
Ongoing School website, social pages & electronic communciation
Twice per term P&C meeting

3 Support for wellbeing and positive behaviours 

Our school's practices support student wellbeing and positive behaviour approaches that align with ourschool community's needs. 

Social and emotional skills related to personal safety, resilience, help-seeking and protective behavioursare explicitly taught across the curriculum in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). 

Examples of other ways our school will embed student wellbeing and positive behaviour approaches andstrategies in practices include the following:

  • Coordinated Support
  • Wellbeing Team - Year Advisors, Student Support Officer Student Services Mental Fitness Hub
  • Pastoral Care -PB4L & Wellbeing LessonsStudent Services Team
  • Excellence Awards

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