Physical contact at school and bullyingPosted on: 14/02/2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
All children need to be safe in the school community. The school has always taken a robust approach to students who deliberately cause harm through physical violence and this will not change. However, unfortunately, in the past term there have been several incidents at school in which students have been injured through play-fighting and physical contact with friends or acquaintances. One student, who already had a broken bone, had it re-broken when his friend pulled his arm. Another student damaged ligaments in his ankle when he was pushed over by his friend. A third may have lost consciousness when another student put his arm round his throat when ‘play fighting’. While none of these incidents appears to have been malicious in intent, all have led to injury and the potential for even greater harm being done. Furthermore, these incidents could lead to habituated behaviour which meets the criteria for bullying.
As a result of this behaviour, the school is introducing a policy from Monday 25th February whereby unnecessary physical contact (including play fighting, pushing, pulling, shoving, and barging) is banned and will receive an instant sanction whether it is seen directly by a member of staff or on CCTV. This will start with a lunchtime detention run by the Principal and the Heads of House. If a student repeats the behaviour, the sanctions will become more serious. This is being explained to students in assemblies this week and I would be grateful if you could reinforce this message with your child over half-term to ensure that all students are clear that such behaviour is unacceptable and needs to stop.
In response to bullying incidents that have taken place this term, below is a link to the school anti-bullying policy so that all parents are informed of what constitutes bullying and how the school will deal with it.
Please contact me at school if you would like to discuss any of these issues further and thank you in anticipation for your support.
Mr Kennedy – Deputy Principal