Data provided through the OurSCHOOL surveys conducted in the spring of 2017 and 2018 drove AMDSB to promote anti-bullying awareness and prevention strategies. This data enables AMDSB to assess perceptions of safety, make informed planning decisions about programs, help prevent bullying and promote safe and inclusive learning environments. It also helps us determine the effectiveness of programs on an ongoing basis and build and sustain a positive school climate.
Because of this analysis, we were able to better identify the challenges our students are facing, and recognized that many students needed to understand the difference between bullying and conflict. This information has allowed us to implement strategies to help keep our students safe so that they can achieve excellence.
Spotlight: Maitland River Elementary School
Maitland River Elementary School focuses on teaching the difference between conflict, bullying, teasing and aggression. Students are encouraged to follow the HOAP (Honesty, Ownership, Apology, Plan) process to resolve conflict.
Listen to a podcast discussing the importance of having HOAP: an effective approach to teach our children how to manage and respond to conflict. Podcast presented by Therese Bowler, BA, B Ed, CCP, RP.
These apples represent problems solved. Students place them on the tree when they feel the problem / conflict is solved.
Maitland River is also working on furthering the sense of belonging within the school. Every student and staff member has painted a stone to represent themselves, and they are visible in the display case at the front entrance. All new students and staff are asked to paint a stone to add to the case.