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Bullying roles make it clear


This Anti-Bullying policy is part of the behaviour management policy but addresses specifically the issues of bullying and harassment. The aim at Cairns State High School is to create a supportive school environment in which students feel safe.

Our policy includes a proactive approach which empowers students to think about their actions and help students to make positive life choices in areas such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health and bullying and harassment. 

Reflective thinking is a key part of the bullying management strategy at Cairns State High School. Students are challenged to reflect on their positive and negative behaviour through a series of questions comparing published rules with an individual’s behaviour. They learn how to be responsible for themselves.

Significant parts of our approach include:

  • The use of a questioning process which assists students to develop an understanding of why they engage in behaviours which disrupt learning or impact on other student’s welfare.
  • Assisting the student in reorganising their thinking so that they are able to act pro-socially.
  • Teaching students to recognise that learning to cooperate with others, respecting the rights of others and making effective plans to achieve those goals are social skills at the core of responsible thinking.
  • Recognition that students having problems with behaviour should be treated in the same way as those having difficulty with curriculum content.


The Anti-Bullying policy applies to all members of the school community which includes students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents/caregivers and visitors to the school.