Dr Angela Zagoren – Director of Wellbeing
Everyone has the right to feel safe on our school campuses. When it comes to student protection, we recognise that safety is largely the responsibility of adults. As the Headmaster outlined in his previous newsletter address, our recent student protection audit results were extremely affirming, and reflect the dedication and commitment of our staff to maintaining a strong culture of student safety. However, it takes a village, as the idiom rightly suggests, to work collaboratively in achieving a common goal. This is why we are asking for support from our entire community to actively participate in building a shared vision of child-safe standards and expectations.
If you are visiting our campuses as a parent, volunteer, coach or visitor you will see this poster as a visual reminder of our request for your support. We ask that if you see something, hear something or experience something that makes you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or does not feel right; please report it to a TSS staff member right away.
Student protection concerns include signs of physical, psychological and sexual harm. Examples are not limited to, but may include the following:
– Acts of aggression, threats or physical violence toward a student by an adult or older boy/s.
– Exposure to pornography, nudity, jokes or suggestive comments of a sexual nature from an older student or adult.
– Student/s spending time with staff outside of school, at their home, or communicating online or via the phone.
– Exposure to family or domestic violence.
– Ongoing online or direct communication involving bullying or hostility.
We appreciate that there may be some barriers that prevent you from addressing your concerns immediately with staff. Please know that you can also send an anonymous notification via Stymie (www.stymie.com.au) outlining what you have witnessed. If you do decide to use this reporting pathway, please ensure you add as much detail as possible as we won’t be able to contact you back for further clarification. Please know, that however you report your concerns, you will be taken seriously and we will take appropriate action. Thank you in advance for playing a fundamental role in keeping our boys safe.
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