Anti Harassment Policy

Immanuel’s Safety, Communication, and Fair Play rules all identify harassment as unacceptable behaviour. As Immanuel affirms each individual’s right to security, personal growth and positive self-esteem, harassment in any form i.e., sexual, verbal, physical, racial, religious will not be tolerated.

WHAT IS HARASSMENT?
Harassment is any behaviour (as opposed to bullying, which is ongoing) which causes embarrassment, pain or discomfort to another. It includes;
  • abusive name calling, rude gestures and sarcastic comments,
  • degrading comments about someone’s culture, religion, gender, appearance or ability,
  • unwelcome touching or physical violence,
  • threatening words or actions,
  • hurtful exclusion of someone from a group or ‘ganging up’ on someone,
  • saying or writing offensive comments about someone to others, or spreading rumours about others or their families,
  • interfering with someone’s property by stealing, hiding or damaging it,
  • forcing others to act against their will.
HOW HARASSMENT CAN BE STOPPED
All people in the Immanuel community can help to stop harassment occurring by; being friendly and respectful to everyone, looking for signs of harassment in the Immanuel community, acting to protect people who are being harassed, refusing to join in if your friends encourage you to harass others, helping your friends to stop harassing others if they are doing so, reporting incidents of harassment, listening and helping when victims of harassment confide in you.
 
If you are being harassed you can;
  • ignore it (harassment may continue),
  • ask the person to stop harassing you,
  • talk to the person and explain to them why you don’t like what they are doing,
  • talk about it with a friend you can trust,
  • tell mum or dad,
  • tell a teacher.
If you are harassing someone you should;
  • stop it immediately,
  • apologise to the person you have offended,
  • seek help in order to reform your behaviour.
 
CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR
In order to promote consistency in the enforcement of school rules, Immanuel teachers adopt a whole school approach in relation to consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
For students with atypical behaviour problems, individual Behaviour Support Plans are implemented in cooperation with parents.
 
In The Classroom
If a student is acting irresponsibly the following steps are acted upon – the sequence of which depends on the severity and duration of the behaviour.
 
Step One - A Warning
The student is reminded of the other students’ rights and his/her own responsibilities. Expectations are repeated.
 
Step Two – Working Alone
The student is moved to an isolated position in the classroom in order to work alone.
 
Step Three – Time Out
The student is asked to leave the classroom and is supervised within another classroom.
 
Step Four – Detention
The student misses the next play period by sitting at the Student Reception Desk in the Administration building. A Detention notice is issued which is to be taken home for parent/s to sign. This is to be returned to the Front Office the next school day.

 

During Specialist Lessons
Specialist lessons are 45 minutes in duration. If a student is acting irresponsibly during this time the following steps are invoked – the sequence of which depends on the severity and duration of the behaviour.

 

Step One – A Warning
The student is reminded of the other students’ rights and his/her own responsibilities. Expectations are repeated.
 
Step Two – Working Alone
The student is moved to an isolated position in the classroom in order to work alone.
 
Step Three – Detention
The student misses the next play period by sitting at the Student Reception Desk in the administration building. A Detention notice is issued which is to be taken home for parent/s to sign and returned the next school day to the appropriate Specialist teacher.
 
In the School Yard
Students who are acting irresponsibly in the playground will, depending on the severity or duration of the behaviour, will be asked to take time-out by sitting in a designated area within the supervising teacher’s view or undergo more serious consequences as they relate to the behaviour concerned.
 
Other
Students whose behaviour has seriously affected the safety or well being of other students, or who are repeatedly acting irresponsibly will be managed in accordance with their individual circumstances and the needs of the school community. The following are examples of responses that may occur with the aim of assisting the student to develop more positive behaviours and repair any damage done to relationships or property; meet with the Assistant Principal - (R-2) or (3-6) or Principal, provide a school community service during play periods, apologise to anyone who has been adversely affected by his/her behaviour directly or via an apology letter, where possible, fix any damage or pay for repairs, undergo any other consequences, which relate specifically to the behaviour concerned.