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13th Gymnasium of Heraklion
Antoniou Voreadi 34
Irakleio 714 09
Greece
The 13th Junior High school of Heraklion is one of the most populous and prestigious schools of the
town of Heraklion,in Crete, Greece. It has got 40 teachers and 450 students aged from 12 to 15
years old. It includes 18 general education classes and 3 integration classes for students with
learning difficulties. Our school has participated in KA1, KA2 and Comenius programmes on various
topics. Furthermore, within the general context of school life, several educational programmes of
varied content have been carried out (environmental, cultural, health education, vocational guidance,
racism etc.) What gave us occasion to deal with this issue was an upsurge in cases of Bullying in the
Greek schools in the past few years, since, according to official data, the 33% of school population
have fallen victim to school intimidation. The students-victimizers develop many problems, low school
performance or even school escape. On account of all these, we consider the need to prevent and
confront this phenomenon to be imperative. Due to the fact that our school is populous,
with nonhomogeneous population, there are cases of school intimidation in our school, in which we have
occasionally attempted certain interventions with programs of prevention and sensitization of school
population. It is necessary to exchange good practices with partners to confront this problem. In the
frame of “Bullying” European programme, our school will implement the following programmes:
1.“Steps to Respect” Programme, which improves the school climate by educating the teaching staff
so that they can draw up clear-cut rules for the confrontation of intimidation, react with sensitivity and
consistency towards the phenomenon, support the socially responsible behavior of students and
actively involve the parents as well. 2.“School mediation” Programme which constitutes a practice of
resolution of school conflicts, by applying dialogue, empathy and active listening. It constitutes a form
of peaceful resolution of aggressive behaviours, which is organized and applied within the school
context, as an alternative practice that replaces the disciplinary system of punishment. A group of
students is trained on negotiation techniques and function as mediators. For the implementation of
the above-mentioned actions, a teaching staff committee has already been set up, which has
experience in programmes of mobility and has expressed interest on issues of intimidation
confrontation. Moreover, we have previously carried out a programme of school mediation on a
limited number of students, with positive results, and our objective is to expand the program in the
entire school community. The deputy director of the school will be responsible for this programme.
She has been trained in programmes of prevention and confrontation of intimidating incidents and
has undertaken specialized studies in the aggressiveness of students with Learning Difficulties.