Bullying is not tolerated at Essendon Keilor College. We ensure bullying behaviour is identified and addressed with appropriate and proportionate consequences. All bullying complaints are taken seriously and responded to sensitively. We have a number of programs and strategies that build a positive and inclusive school culture and relationships to promote wellbeing. We strive to foster a school culture that prevents bullying behaviour by modelling, encouraging and teaching behaviour that demonstrates acceptance, kindness and respect.

Bullying prevention at Essendon Keilor College is proactive and is supported by research that indicates that a whole school, multifaceted approach is the most effective way to prevent and address bullying.

At our school:

  • We identify and implement evidence-based programs and initiatives from the Schools Mental Health Menu that are relevant to preventing and addressing bullying and help us to build a positive and inclusive school climate.
  • We strive to build strong partnerships between the school, families and the broader community that means all members work together to ensure the safety of students.
  • We participate in the Respectful Relationships initiative, which aims to embed a culture of respect and equality across our school.
  • We celebrate the diverse backgrounds of members of our school community and teach multicultural education, including Aboriginal History, to promote mutual respect and social cohesion.
  • We participate in the Safe Schools program to help us foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ students.
  • Teachers are encouraged to incorporate classroom management strategies that discourage bullying and promote positive behaviour.
  • A range of year level incursions and programs are planned for each year to raise awareness about bullying and its impacts.
  • In the classroom, our social and emotional learning curriculum teaches students what constitutes bullying and how to respond to bullying behaviour assertively. This promotes resilience, assertiveness, conflict resolution and problem solving.
  • We promote upstander behaviour as a way of empowering our students to positively and safely take appropriate action when they see or hear of a peer being bullied.
  • Students are encouraged to look out for each other and to talk to teachers and older peers about any bullying they have experienced or witnessed.

Our full Anti-Bullying Policy is available on our website and for further information about our engagement and wellbeing initiatives, please see our Student Wellbeing and Engagement policy.