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18 June 2009 @ 09:46 pm
Bullies  
As you know, I've been doing stuff about bullying at both a departmental level and the school level.

The result?

The Department of Education is implementing my strategies. The will create guidance for all state government schools on current best practises based on the strategies I developed for my son’s school. They are going to undertake a survey of the current prevalence and level of concern on the topic with the kids.

The school is angry with me for bringing it to the minister's attention. They have been brought into the Department and told to make it go away. They have outlined their current strategy in the school newsletter this week, hired 3 staff specifically in the areas of counselling, youth workers etc and pulled two executive teachers offline to finish creating their policies and procedures. The school board is creating a sub-committee on the topic, which I intend to be on. They are implementing programs of self-resilience for the 'high risk' victims (of which my son is one), training the teachers on the use of 'circle time' (a teaching methodology which improves trust and change the culture of the school to a more caring one).

I am meeting with the school again in teh first week of next term (as none of the teachers they have hired are coming on board until then) to work further with the school to 'help them improve their already great skills in this area'. The principal is all about saving face.
The school is fine, nothing to see.

I don't care that the principal is pissed with me. What I care about is that my son hasn't been bullied for the last week.

I have contact details of senior people in the Department, journalists and the business card of the opposisition spokeman for education. Should things not stay on track, I have people I can talk to.

I think I am pleased with how this is going so far.
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Captain Obliviouscapnoblivious on June 18th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)

I think I am pleased with how this is going so far.


I think you should be.
Danielsubtle_eye on June 18th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
+1
What the Capn said
Nickmakoknight on June 18th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I, personally, enjoy any story that involves idiot principals being pulled up for being cowardly, self serving, dipshits.

That said, I hope that the man ends up fired anyway.

But that's because I kind of automatically despise school principals.
gillpolackgillpolack on June 18th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
This is great progress.
fishlivejournalfishlivejournal on June 18th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
good work!
fred_bearfred_bear on June 18th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Good on you for being proactive about this. It all sounds very positive so far, fingers crossed that it stays on track. Great work!
kingtheseuskingtheseus on June 18th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well done. That's extremely impressive. And that this is going to happen nation wide? That's fantastic! Good luck!
exp_errexp_err on June 18th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, well done!
tall, dark and elvenmordwen on June 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
You freaking rock. That's the sort of awesomeness I love to see in my friends! Love you congratulations and yay!

Nasty bullies, get away from my odd-son. Harrumph.
homonculushomonculus on June 18th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
WIN!
ozdragoness: Riku Dances!ozdragoness on June 19th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so so so very much. I had a horrible time at school, remind me to tell you about it one day. Rosemary is having a hard time at school. Several of my friends had hard times at schools.

THANK YOU! *luv*
faeriefyrefaeriefyre on June 19th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Being the change YOU want to see in the world!!
Yay!!

Hey, I'll be hunting you down IF (and I hope it's only an IF) my little one ends up on the end of the bullying line!

Yay for you!! Good on ya!! That's what us Mum's do - we move mountains to make the world safer for those we love!
pixie_bpixie_b on June 21st, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I think it's fabulous that you're being so proactive and involved in this. All too often we get parents who say "This should be done" and we never hear from them again, especially not as volunteers (the ones that really irritate us are the ones that answer accreditation surveys saying we're not communicating with them enough when we're already reaching out in 8 different ways and they haven't responded or noticed).

So it's extra brilliant that you're using your talents to help not only your own child, but dozens if not hundreds of children around the country. Even making a dent in one school is a good thing. Yay for using your beaurocracy-fu to knock some decent practise into a school, and into general practise. It shouldn't make ridiculous amounts of extra work for over-worked teachers, especially if additional staff are hired to take on the roles needed.

Am definitely going to pick your brain should we get beaurocratic hell for stuff in future.