School responds to bullying complaints: 'safety is crucial'
RESPONDING to concerned parents and students who have spoken out about a culture of bullying, the Department of Education has said the school had reviewed a responsible behaviour program this year.
A spokesman said bullying and violence are not tolerated in Queensland state schools.
"Bullying is a complex and serious issue that requires a response from the whole community," he said.
"Bullying can take many forms and occur in many places, both inside and outside of the school environment."
The spokesman said the safety and welfare of students was the highest priority of Warwick State High School.
"The school works diligently to promote safe and respectful interactions between students," he said.
"Every Queensland state school, including Warwick State High School, has a Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.
"These plans are developed in consultation with school communities and outlines clear standards of behaviour that they expect from their students as well as processes and consequences if unacceptable behaviour occurs.
"Warwick State High School's plan was reviewed this year.
"Warwick State High School has implemented a range of programs and initiatives across all year levels such as the Respectful Relationships curriculum.
"Warwick State High School has implemented a school wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) program.
"This includes explicitly teaching expected (including anti-bullying) behaviour and acknowledging students doing the right thing.
The spokesman said students and parents were strongly encouraged to report cases of bullying to their school principal or their closest Department of Education regional office.
"State schools make every effort to meet with concerned parents to address issues of bullying or harassment as they are reported," he said.
"Principals, teachers and support staff work closely with the families to resolve their concerns at a school level as a matter of urgency."