- The school is a safe, enjoyable, success oriented environment where the rights of children to learn and of teachers to teach are maximised.
- Students are supported and taught how to accept responsibility for their own behaviour.
- All behaviour has consequences and irresponsible behaviour requires a non-violent consequence or response which protects the rights of students and teachers and enables the students to make more responsible future choices.
- Verbal and physical harassment on gender, racial and other grounds is addressed and prevented.
- Partnerships between staff, students and their families enhances students’ success and learning outcomes.
- Students have a right to a safe, secure, orderly learning environment:
• Develop and model positive relationships
• Maintain a safe and orderly school environment
- Students learn best when they experience success:
• Foster the development of a positive self concept
• Provide opportunities for children to succeed
• Have realistic expectations
• Recognise effort as well as results
• Provide opportunities to meet individual needs (eg girls, disabled, different cultures, NESB students, etc.)
- Students are responsible for their own behaviour:
• Inform students that the choice for responsible and irresponsible behaviour is their own.
• Provide opportunities for students to develop and apply skills to problem-solving, negotiating, decision-making and leadership through both planned and unplanned learning experiences at school.
• Expect students to accept the consequences for their behaviour choices.
- All behaviours (appropriate and inappropriate) have consequences:
• Provide opportunities for students to take part in determining the consequences for their behaviour.
• Recognise and reward responsible behaviours.
• Develop and support deterrents for irresponsible behaviour.
• Support and guide students at all times regarding behaviour
- Teachers, students and parents share the responsibility for the management of students’ behaviour:
• Use collaborative decision-making processes
• Develop and promote effective communication
• Work together in a mutually supportive way
• Engage outside agencies when necessary
• Regularly monitor and review student behaviour management policy and procedures.
- Department Regulation (123) states that teachers may detain students during the lunch period:
Detention does not exceed one half of the lunch period
- Departmental Regulation (175) states that a school may provide a recess break but are not necessarily required to, so detaining students during this break is not breaching school regulations.
- If teachers decide to detain students they are responsible for their supervision except where Focus Room duty applies (refer to School Yard Policy).
- No student is to be left unsupervised in the class or other area of the school.
- It is unwise to detain or have only one child in the room. It is suggested that you send for another staff member.
- An office sit-out area is provided in the Principal’s Office for the detention of students who have reached this consequence.
- A student’s re-entry to the class is negotiated after a discussion between class teacher and Principal.
- It is the teacher’s responsibility to follow up with Principal any students sent to office sit-out.
- Each teacher will monitor the behaviour records for their students – including class, school and yard sit out.
- Discuss these with students individually and as a whole as appropriate.
- Discuss issues of concern with Principal.