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Principal News - 13th March

This Friday (March 16) is National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence.  Students will participate in class activities and special lessons with our Guidance Officer, Mrs Wotherspoon. The whole school is encouraged wear orange on Friday (16th), the colour chosen by the organisation and for Harmony Day, to show their support.  All students will be supplied with a ‘Bullying.NoWay!’ wristband purchased by the school.  At Mirani State School we do take the issue of Bullying seriously, however in doing so it is important that we have a common understanding of what bullying is.  Included in your newsletter is a handy resource for all stakeholders from the ‘Bullying.NoWay!’ website.
At Mirani SS we address bullying by:
1)     Promoting positive behaviour
2)     Implementing the Mirani High 5
3)     Implementing a consistent approach to Responsible Behaviour (Learn, Safe, Fun)
4)     Investigating any incidents of inappropriate behaviour by applying the principles of natural justice (incidents remain an allegation until school staff have investigated appropriately and fairly – a process involving both parties accounts and witnesses)
5)     Encouraging students to demonstrate resilience by reporting incidents to staff after applying processes such as High 5
Parents / caregivers can support their students by encouraging them to follow the processes above.  Should these fail to address the behaviour they should then objectively refer the issue to their child’s teacher, remembering that any incident / issue will be investigated and will need to be substantiated before any consequences / processes are applied.  I’m sure parents would expect this process be given to their child, should an allegation be made against them. 
It is inappropriate for Parents / Caregivers to:
·         Approach other students or families about a school based incident
·         Discuss the issue on any social media platform
Whether the incident is a one-off or suspected bullying (as defined above), it should be referred to the school if the parent / caregiver is concerned about it.
Our P&C AGM and March general meeting was held last night.  Congratulations and thanks to the following people for accepting a position for the 2018 school year:
President: Dan Wilkins                          Vice-President: Michael Morrow (Interim)
Treasurer: Hannah Milne                        Secretary: Karen Donaldson
Tuckshop: Fiona Turner             Uniforms: Angela Blackburn
Grounds:   TBC                        Fundraising Coordinator:  TBC
Please note there exists a few vacancies and it would be fantastic if someone new could put their hand up to help out!  Please contact Dan or Bruce if you can.
·         Grounds & Fundraising Coordinators – these roles do not mean this person personally runs each event / activity rather they organise others or a group to do so.
·         Vice President – attends meetings, helps out and chairs the meeting if the President is absent.  Michael will cover this in the interim however considering he has already done 3 years as VP and 3 years as President it really is time for someone else to step up to the plate.
So come on Mirani, jump in and help out our school!
Finally, our TRIVIA NIGHT is this Friday 16th March – it is a terrific fun night!  We currently have 12 teams nominated and require at least another 4 teams to make it a social & financial success for the P&C – which returns the funds to support your kids.  So nominate a team NOW for a great night!!!
Have a terrific week!!!
Cheers Bruce