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Peaceful Kids Program ‘Peaceful Kids’ is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children from Prep to Year 12. The program gives children the skills, practice and support to utilise coping strategies that lessen the symptoms of anxiety and stress. This program helps children to build their emotional resilience so they are better equipped to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings them. The program also involves parental involvement and commitment to supporting the strategies at home.

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"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.

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support


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:

  • Classroom

  • Assembly/ Church

  • Playground

  • Toilet

  • Moving around the school (In the corridors)

  • Assembly

  • Wider Community

St Joseph's 3Rs Matrix

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.

Behaviour Expectation Matrix


Circle Time

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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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.

This video is a short introduction to Michael Grose's Parenting Ideas Club.

Parent Education


eSmart School

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.

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