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Castledawson Primary School


17th Nov 2018
Room 4 carried out acts of kindness this week as they continued to fill buckets....
17th Nov 2018
 Room 1 were busy thinking about how our words and actions can make others feel....
13th Nov 2018
This week we have been learning about how to be a buddy and not a bully. We discussed...

Anti Bullying



‘We work together as a team at Castledawson Primary school to create a happy, positive, secure and inclusive environment for every member of the school community. We have a child centred approach and are dedicated in ensuring that every activity has our children’s needs and interests as the first priority. We strive to develop the whole child – academically, emotionally, physically, spiritually and socially. We promote a Christian and caring ethos and aim to develop a culture of respect, fairness, cooperation, perseverance, self-discipline, forgiveness, honesty, kindness, acceptance and responsibility at all levels within the school. Our ethos is reflected in all areas of school life. We aim to promote relationships built on honesty, trust, respect and openness, ensuring everyone is valued and respected and feel a sense of belonging to our school where the efforts and achievements of all are celebrated. We believe that happy children, staff and parents are key to positive learning experiences and a successful school.’

In Castledawson Primary we have ZERO TOLERANCE to bullying and find it completely unacceptable.


Bullying behaviour is defined as ‘’ deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for the victim to defend themselves.’’(DENI 1999 p41 )

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) defines bullying as ‘’the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights or needs of another or others.’’

We recognise that...

  • Bullying can take place between pupils, between pupils and staff, between staff, by individuals or groups; face to face; indirectly or using a range of cyber-bullying methods.
  • It includes actions that cause physical, emotional or mental hurt to the victim and actions that violate another person’s freedom and rights.
  • Bullying is an abuse of power where the person/s being bullied find it difficult to reject or deal with the offending behaviour or those involved in the bullying behaviour have power over the victim. Some power imbalances can be subtle or build up over time, but more common examples include that they are bigger/stronger/older; have more acquaintances/friends; are more established in the school or simply care less about the consequences of their actions.
  • Bullying thrives on secrecy, the reluctance of the target to talk about it and the neglect of responsible adults to acknowledge its existence.

There are many forms of bullying and these are outlined in our school's Anti-Bullying Policy found in the Policies section of this website. The policy also outlines the school's approach to preventing and dealing with bullying.

Preventative Curriculum

In Castledawson Primary School we teach and promote a preventative curriculum to help off set any unwanted, negative experiences in school. As well as permeating our whole school ethos and the relationships at every level within our school, we want our children to be well equipped to deal with such experiences if they occur by ensuring they are well-informed and have already explored scenarios and feelings surrounding certain experiences.  

For example in..

  • Circletime
  • Assemblies
  • Through PDMU
  • Bucket Filling activities
  • Growth and Mindset
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Health and well-being activities – daily mile, active travel, exercise, active clubs, calming and breathing activities, nurturing events and strategies, bucket filling, feelings thermometer
  • Knowing who they can talk to in school and keeping them safe
  • Celebrating and raising awareness e.g. Safer Internet Day, Anti-Bullying Week
  • School Values and promoting resilience
  • Inviting visitors into school about staying safe– PSNI, NSPCC etc and visits to RADAR and BeeSafe
  • Listening to their views
  • Sharing with our parents


Cyber Bullying

Facebook Information


The Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Definition of “bullying”

1.—(1) In this Act “bullying” includes (but is not limited to) the repeated use of—

(a)any verbal, written or electronic communication,

(b)any other act, or

(c)any combination of those,

by a pupil or a group of pupils against another pupil or group of pupils, with the intention of causing physical or emotional harm to that pupil or group of pupils.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), “act” includes omission.

The Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will come into commencement on 2 September 2019. Castledawson Primary School will ensure that their revised Anti-Bullying Policy meets the new legislative requirements following consultation with all stakeholders.