When problems arise…
It is normal and expected for children to have challenges with their peers.
Some of the questions below will be helpful when your child is asking for your help (remember children need help with social situations just like they need help with homework).
- What was your part (it is important for children to take responsibility for their actions)?
- What will you do to take responsibility for your actions?
- What could you have done better?
- How are you going to make this situation better?
- Who do you need to help you?
Problems take two people. It is not helpful to bring up past situations or other challenges that have happened with specific individuals. Once an apology has been made that signifies the end of the problem and gives each person the opportunity for a fresh start. Parents can be very helpful in this process.
The definition of bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”
Parents can help by talking to their children about the situation before using the bullying word. Unfortunately it is often misused and is often applied to a minor conflict between children. Encouraging your child to “say what they see” will ensure that appropriate measures can be taken to support your child at home and at school. Remember there are many situations when the school is the last to know, so please be in contact with us. We take these situations seriously as we want to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for staff and students.
We Encourage You
At Uplands students are encouraged to use their W.I.T.S.
W – walk away
I – ignore
T – talk it out
S – seek help
Communication between home and school is important for student success. Teachers will be filling out referral forms when your child demonstrates unacceptable behaviour. If three referrals are sent home we will be meeting with you and your child(ren) to set up a plan to ensure their success.