As a facet of our “No Place for Hate” program, the Primary School uses lessons based from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The goal is to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is less likely to occur. This is a long-term process that one cannot expect to be completed in one year. It is a change of culture in which students need to receive consistent, reinforced messages about bullying over an extended period of time.
The most common definition of bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has difficulty defending him or herself. There are four rules regarding bullying that we teach our students and they are as follows:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help others who are being bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.