From the Principal…
Over the last week you may have seen media coverage involving student altercations at Gisborne Secondary College. I would like to reiterate there is no place for bullying or aggressive and threatening behaviour in our school, and in every instance, our student managers were quick and decisive in their responses. Such behaviour certainly does not reflect our values. Due to the seriousness of these incidents, the school has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce and respond to violence and bullying, and to increase positive experiences at lunchtime, bringing senior and junior students together. These measures include assemblies focused on addressing respectful behaviour, placing extra staff on yard duty (including Principals), opening up the Year 7 Learning Centre for our students during lunch and recess for quiet activities, and Year 12 students running ‘Dodge Ball’ in the Stadium at lunchtime for our juniors. Further lunchtime competitions and games are being designed by our Sports Captains based on House affiliations.
Wellbeing supports have been offered for staff and students. We have a great wellbeing team available to see students: if you feel your child needs support, please contact your child’s Mentor, or Year Level Coordinator. Alternatively, you can contact our Wellbeing Leader Belinda O’Meara via the office.
I can assure you that compassion, empathy to others, and speaking up in support of our school’s values is very important to our school. I have spent much of this week in the yard talking to students, and I know that many feel the same way as I do: that we are a great school and a school that strives to instil positive, caring behaviours in students. It’s understandable that you may have concerns or questions about the incidents, so please don’t hesitate to contact me about these matters.