Bully Stoppers: Speak Up Against Cyberbullying
Students achieve their best at school in safe and supportive environments, where they are free from bullying and disruptive behaviour.
We put a big emphasis on making sure we provide a great environment for our students – one that promotes tolerance and is inclusive, harmonious and free from bullying.
We can work towards this goal through education in the classroom, intervention in the playground and a focus on promoting positive behaviours.
However, with the rise of social media, bullying now occurs online, as well as in person. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as face-to-face bullying, and it can occur at any time of the day.
Cyberbullying is an increasing issue in the wider community – and the best way to tackle it is for schools, students and parents to work in partnership.
Ruskin Park Primary School is supporting the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers campaign – which has just launched a new series of tools and resources for parents and students to support students in preventing cyberbullying.
These resources, called Bully Stoppers: Speak Up Against Cyberbullying, are available on the Bully Stoppers website, at www.education.vic.gov.au/bullystoppers – visit the site to find out more.
It’s Not Ok To Be Away
Children must bring a note signed by their parent or guardian for every day, or series of days, on which they are absent. If your child has an extended absence please telephone the school and leave a message with the secretary; however a note must still be sent when the child returns to school. For anticipated long term absences (eg. overseas travel), please give written notice in advance to the Class Teacher.
It’s NOT ok to be Away
Parents should ensure their child:
- attends school on ALL school days.
- is on time every day
- arrange doctor and dentist appointments out of school hours
- arrange personal shopping trips with your son/daughter or birthday celebrations out of school hours
- do not allow your child to stay at home for minor reasons.
Regular attendance at school is important:
- from the first day, if your child misses the basic skills in primary school they can experience difficulties with their learning.
- regular attendance is essential to make sure learning is not disrupted. Regular learning provides building blocks for the future.
- Schools help children to develop important social skills, such as friendship building, teamwork, communication skills and a healthy self-esteem