At St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, all members of the school community are committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment, which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem.
We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying in any form. St Francis of Assisi staff communicate anti-bullying plans and procedures to parents and the wider community through annual parent information nights, newsletter items, regular staff meetings and whole school assemblies.
Regular class lessons that are incorporated into our Religious Education and Personal Development programs also address the issue of bullying and raise awareness among the students. All students are constantly encouraged to speak to any staff member with whom they feel comfortable regarding any problems.
Please also see our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Social Media Policy and CEDoW Social Media Statement and Standards, which outline expectations around CEDoW staff, student and parent/community use of social media. In the context of creating vibrant Catholic school communities of faith and learning, users of social media are required to manage their digital footprint by interacting responsibly and ethically, in line with our Catholic ethos, respecting the dignity of all involved.
Students and parents/carers are also required to sign the CEDoW Student Responsible Use of Technology Agreement at the commencement of each year.
Digital citizenship is part of students' education at St Francis of Assisi, with all classes participating in learning experiences that focus on being responsible and ethical users of technology.
Teachers use a range of resources developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Office of the eSafety Commissioner and other online safety organisations to assist in the ongoing education of our students in being safe and responsible digital citizens.