FROM THE PRINCIPAL
National Day of Action and Upcoming Open Day
by Mr Tony Kent
Today has been designated as National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. As a school community we have embraced this opportunity to highlight with our students the importance of taking a stand against bullying in all its forms. Bullying as such is not a new social issue – for as long as human beings have existed and interacted with each other the inappropriate targeting and ongoing harassment that arises from time to time is a sad reality. Today we are much more aware of bullying in all its forms, which positions us better as a society to respond.
Here at Central Coast Adventist College we do not promise a bully free environment – that would be an unrealistic expectation. What we do promise is a zero tolerance approach to bullying in all its forms, which is a commitment to both support the victims of bullying and engage with the perpetrators to bring about a change in their behaviour. This is done through both through disciplinary measures and ongoing support (as there is usually a reason why those individuals are displaying such behaviour). We commit to proactively upskilling all of our students and building their resilience to enable them to both deflect and minimise the impact of attempts to bully and intimidate.
We are fortunate as a school that, on the whole, bullying is not a major issue for our community compared to some other schools, but it still presents challenges from time to time. It is for this reason that I welcome the opportunity to highlight this National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence to our students here at CCAS, and raise awareness amongst our students about what bullying is, how to respond and how to safeguard ourselves against it. Thank you to all for your support today with these initiatives.
Just a reminder that in just under two weeks, on March 28, our school will host our annual Open Afternoon, from 3:30 -6:00pm. I hope you plan to take this opportunity to gain a further insight into our school and all we are able to provide for our students. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.