SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
"If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we teach? ………..We punish?"
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?
St Joseph’s Primary School follows the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) approach. This is a whole school approach to creating an environment which encourages effective learning through the development of a positive, calm and welcoming atmosphere.
We encourage positive feedback to students often and endeavour to teach students how to behave appropriately. We recognise that learning social skills and socially acceptable behaviours is a process, which everybody moves through at a different pace. Learning appropriate social skills is seen in the same light as learning how to read or complete maths. Some people need more assistance in some areas and less in others.
BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATION MATRIX
A matrix has been developed for teachers, students and the St Joseph’s Primary School community to identify the expected behaviours at our school. The matrix includes appropriate behaviours in specific areas including:
Moving around the school (In the corridors)
These behaviours are displayed around the school and discussed regularly with the children at St Joseph’s Primary School. We organise the expectation matrix into the 3 R’s.
I am respectful
I am responsible
I am resilient
Every Friday the St Joseph’s Primary School student and teacher community gather to celebrate the students who display the 3R behaviour. Students are awarded certificates and celebrated with newsletter recognition.
At St Joseph’s Primary School we use Circle Time to develop student’s skills in listening and empathising, promoting respect for others and is a forum within which the nature and effects of bullying can be considered.
Circle Time is scheduled weekly in each classroom and we believe encourages a more caring atmosphere at our school. Circle Time is run under three rules that each member requires to adhere to.
Only one person should speak at once - the talking object helps this rule
You can "pass" if you don’t want to speak about something
No put downs
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MICHAEL GROSE - PARENTING IDEAS
St Joseph’s Primary School is a member of the Parenting Ideas School. Parenting Ideas Schools is a comprehensive online resource that is full of relevant, topical articles to support parents and teachers. All of the parenting articles, written by Michael Grose, are included in our school’s weekly newsletter.
Teachers are also able to locate and supply families resources through this membership that are individualised to the families needs.
St Joseph’s Primary School is recognised as an eSmart school.
As an eSmart school we endeavour to embrace technology's benefits while also reducing students' and teachers' exposure to risk.