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Community statement in response to newspaper article

posted 10 Jan 2018, 13:08 by Stephen Johnston   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 13:09 ]
Community Statement of Reassurance

This is a community statement in response to a bullying article published in a newspaper in this week.  We received a request for a statement in regards to an allegation of bullying towards one of our students.

However, what has been represented in the article by the media, is inaccurate and misinformed.

On behalf of the Board, we want to reassure our community that our processes and communications to date, have involved the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) service and the Senior Leadership team.  Our efforts have concentrated on reaching the best outcome for the family’s child.

The following statement is our response to the reporter’s quest for information:

In response to a complaint about our school’s procedures in dealing with bullying, we acknowledge the family’s concern for their child’s well being. We all want and expect our children to be safe.  In this case, we have worked with the family and child to support his transition into intermediate schooling and throughout the past year. In this time, the School, Ministry of Education (MoE) Senior Advisors and the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) service, have continued to concentrate their efforts to best support the child’s individual needs.  We reiterate with the family, as we do with our school community, that the safety of our students remains a school priority.

We recognise that bullying occurs in every New Zealand school. Our ongoing school behaviour and well being procedures incorporate MoE endorsed strategies. These include ongoing access to MoE literature resources, Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L) and Restorative Practices (RP). Recently, teachers have completed the MoE led training of Understanding Behaviour and Responding Safely (UBRS). These MoE initiatives will continue to support the school’s management of student safety and wellbeing.

The School has been working closely with the MoE since term two, 2017 and they have affirmed our practices.

In the spirit of our School values of Pride, Respect and Care, we will continue to promote and inact out PB4L culture.

If you would like further information, I can be called directly: (09) 576 1860; 701

Yours sincerely

Stephen Johnston Owen Sanders

Principal Chairperson