At Green Meadows School we aim to treat every pupil as unique.
We believe that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy their learning and experience success, free from harm.
We believe it is important to create an environment where everyone is valued, where children consider the needs of other; and develop positive attitudes and skills (including right from wrong).
The aim of this Anti-Bullying Policy is to ensure that the pupils at GMS learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affectseveryone: it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The staff at Green Meadows appreciate that we are not immune from the various forms of bullying and are therefore active in their efforts to prevent patterns of aggressive behaviour. We believe that only when all issues of bullying are addressed will the pupils be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at school.
It is essential that all concerned have a clear understanding of the policy aims and content if the policy is to form the basis for developing effective strategies for dealing with the problem. The main aims of anti-bullying policy are as follows:
The following is a summary of the main elements of these procedures:
Pupils who are being bullied may develop feelings of insecurity, humiliation and extreme anxiety and thus may become more vulnerable. Self-confidence may be damaged with a consequent lowering of self-esteem. While they may not talk about what is happening to them, their suffering is indicated through changes in mood and behaviour. Extreme cases of bullying may result in suicide. It is, therefore, essential to be alert to changes in behaviour as early intervention can be very effective.
Pupils who witness bullying may also be affected and may suffer in similar ways to those who are bullied. For example, pupils who witness identity-based bullying and share that identity can experience anxiety and feel under threat themselves. Pupils can also feel guilt or distress at not being able to help the person being bullied.
There are also consequences for individuals who engage in bullying behaviour. Pupils who become involved in such behaviour can be at higher risk of depression. Other possible long-term consequences may include an increased risk of developing an anti-social personality, anxiety disorders, a likelihood of substance abuse and law-breaking behaviour in adulthood and decreased educational and occupational attainment.
The following signs and symptoms may suggest that a pupil is being bullied:
There may be other signs depending on the individual and his/her circumstances. The above signs do not necessarily mean that a pupil is being bullied but if repeated or occurring in combination, these signs do warrant investigation in order to establish what is affecting the pupil.
It is important to recognize that any pupil can be bullied or can engage in bullying behaviour.
The pupil who engages in bullying behaviour
A significant proportion of bullying is not merely behavioral but is rooted in a lack of respect for diversity and in social inequalities. 'Prejudice-based' or 'identity-based' bullying can be a significant factor in bullying behaviour.
Pupils who engage in bullying behaviour tend to display aggressive attitudes combined with a low level of self-discipline. They may lack any sense of remorse convincing themselves that the other person deserves the treatment they are receiving.
Pupils who engage in bullying behaviour can be attention seeking: setting out to impress bystanders and responding to the reaction their behaviour provokes. They can lack the ability to empathize. They can appear unaware or indifferent to the other person's feelings. It is of note that pupils who exhibit bullying behaviour often suffer from a lack of confidence and have low self-esteem.
However, it must also be recognized that pupils who engage in bullying behaviour do not always intend to bully or may not recognize the potential negative impact of their words and actions on others.
It is not uncommon to find that pupils who engage in bullying behaviour may also have been bullied themselves.
The pupil who is bullied
Any pupil through no fault of their own may be a target of bullying. It is common in the course of normal interaction for pupils to tease or taunt each other. However, at a certain point, teasing and taunting may become forms of bullying behaviour. As pupils can be particularly quick to notice differences in others, pupils who are perceived as different in some way can be more prone to encounter such behaviour. However, the pupils who are most at risk of being bullied are those who react in a vulnerable and distressed manner. The seriousness and duration of the bullying behaviour can be related to the pupil's continuing response to the verbal, physical or psychological aggression.
Pupils who are bullied often experience difficulties in speaking up about bullying. The difficulties include:
Bullying can happen anywhere at any time but there are certain times and places which particularly facilitate bullying.
Cyber-bullying: Access to technology means that cyber-bullying can happen around the clock and the pupil's home may not even be a safe haven from such bullying.
Areas of unstructured activity: Bullying in schools frequently takes place in the playground/school-yard. School grounds with hidden or obscured parts may provide an environment conducive to bullying.
Toilets, corridors, cloakrooms, locker areas, changing rooms, showers, the gym and assembly hall may be the scene of verbal, psychological and physical bullying. The behaviour of pupils in those areas needs careful monitoring.
Bullying in the classroom: Bullying may also take place in class. It may occur subtly through glances, looks and sniggers but may take the more overt form of physical intimidation. Bullying may also occur between class periods irrespective of whether the class or the teacher moves.
Coming to and from school: The area immediately outside the school, tthe local shops and local neighbourhood are often the scenes of bullying. Bullying can also take place at the bus-stop or on the journey to and from school whether the individuals are walking, cycling or on school buses.
“We strive to empower our students with the academic and social skills necessary to become responsible, respectful and dignified citizens wherever they may choose to live, for after all, we are preparing them for life”.
- Green Meadows School
165/166 Arrias Vaddo,
Nagoa, Bardez, Goa
India - 403518
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.00pm
School operating time:
8.30am to 3.30pm