A-Z Parent Information
Harassment and Bullying
Wanniassa School does not tolerate bullying, harassment, violence and abuse in any form. All members of the school community are committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment that promotes personal responsibility, respect, tolerance and a place where all, regardless of differences, feel included.
Harassment is an act of aggression causing embarrassment pain or discomfort to another:
- It can take a number of forms: physical, verbal, gesture, extortion and exclusion
- It is an abuse of power
- It can be planned and organised or it may be an unconscious act by the perpetrator
- Individuals or groups may be involved
Some examples of HARASSMENT include:
- Verbal - name calling, put downs, teasing threatening
- Physical - hitting, tripping, poking, punching, kicking, throwing objects, stealing, extortion
- Social - ignoring, hiding, ostracising
- Psychological - stalking, dirty looks and spreading rumours, interfering with, hiding and / or damaging possessions
- Racist, homophobic and gender based - Making degrading comments about another’s culture, religious or social background or sexual orientation
Bullying can take place using a variety of mediums (private and public) including spoken, written and technological (via e-mails and chat lines).
There is only one way to stop being harassed: talk to somebody about the problem!
All teachers have a responsibility to do something about harassment. There are also teachers with special roles for dealing with Sexual and Racial Harassment. If you want to make a formal complaint about any kind of harassment, see an Executive Teacher.
Commonwealth and ACT laws cover most forms of harassment, and the school will refer cases of harassment to the relevant legal agency where necessary.
Hours of Attendance
Students are expected to attend from 9.00am to 3.05 pm. Absences are to be notified via letter or phone as promptly as possible. Students needing to leave school premises for any reason during the day need to have written permission or a parent/carer must contact the school. Students are required to sign out at the front office and sign in if they return before the school day is over.
On the arrival at Wanniassa School each student is placed into one of the four house groups.
The four houses and their respective colours are:
NAMADGI - GREEN
TENNENT - RED
BILLY BILLY - YELLOW
GINGERA - BLUE
Throughout the course of the academic year the students are given the opportunity to compete against each other in a number of sporting events that includes the annual athletics carnival.
Participation is the main focus for each of the competitions and points are awarded for involvement in addition to any success that a particular house might have.