Take Action Together 
This Friday 20th March, we will be recognising the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). This year is the 10 year anniversary of Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. 
The theme for 2020 is Take Action Together
By supporting this day, Leongatha Secondary College is joining with other schools across Australia to take a stand against bullying. This is particularly important for our school as we look for ways to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students.
Along with all other primary and secondary schools across Inner-Gippsland this has been identified as a key priority for 2020.

To highlight the importance of this issue I have included some data for the 2019 Student Attitude to School Survey below. 
In this survey:

  • Only 59% of our students stated they felt safe at school
  • Only 39% of our students feel that we deal fairly with bullying problems
  • Only 46% of our students feel that there is support in our school for students who are bullied

It is clear that, as a school, we all need to take some positive action to change these results and ensure that Leongatha Secondary College is a safe and supportive environment for everyone in our community. In line with this year’s theme, Take Action Together, support from families and members of the broader community is both welcomed and appreciated.

We are inviting students to show their support of diversity in our school community by wearing odd socks with their school uniform on the day.

One way to support this at home would be to have a discussion about the new, nationally recognised, definition of bullying. This had been discussed briefly with students in assemblies during Term 1.

Nationally Agreed Definition of Bullying
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

The 3 main features of bullying are:

– the misuse of power in a relationship

– it is ongoing and repeated

– it involves behaviours that can cause harm

If you, or one of your friends, is experiencing issues with bullying or your general wellbeing we encourage you to speak to someone here at LSC.
You can also seek further support by calling Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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