Our School - Behaviour Policy

Under Review 2017

Our school values express what is important about welfare and the positive management of student behaviour. At Assumption School we believe that:

  • Respect for the individual both teacher and student, is at the centre of effective student behaviour management.
  • Behaviour management must preserve the dignity of all.
  • The fundamental 'right to learn' must be considered in student behaviour management.
  • Staff consistency and certainty with follow-up ensures improved student behaviour.
  • Children need to be aware of expectations concerning their behaviour.
  • Children need to be aware of the effect of their behaviour on others.
  • The school should have a positive focus on the management of student behaviour.

Rights
Three fundamental rights are important at our school:

  • The right to feel safe,
  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect,
  • The right to learn.

These fundamental rights incorporate:
The right to an atmosphere of security in the care and under the responsibility of the teacher.
The right to education, recreation and equal opportunity to develop individual abilities.
The right to be heard.
The right to protection from ridicule, cruelty and exploitation.
The right to personal privacy.
The right to protection from prolonged punishment.
The right to a quiet, settled atmosphere in which to learn.
The right to positive correction and encouragement.
The right to protection from bullying.
The right to protection from discrimination on the grounds of sex, religion, nationality, race, colour and socio-economic background.
The right to specialist services if required.
The right to express opinions without ridicule and in a dignified manner.

Responsibilities
To have rights we must all take on responsibilities. Both students and teachers have responsibilities.
Student Responsibilities:
• Treat teachers and fellow students with respect.
• Follow teachers’ instructions and requests.
• Show good manners and common courtesies.
• Line up and move around the school in an orderly manner.
• Sit quietly and listen at assembly times.
• Care for our school environment.
• Demonstrate self-discipline in the classroom environment.
• Be organised to begin the day.
• Be responsible for school property.
• Respect and obey school rules.
• Participate to best of ability in programmed activities for all subject areas.
• Behave reverently in the Church.

Teacher Responsibilities:
Be responsible for the management of student behaviour in the classroom.
Establish clear guidelines for classroom behaviour. 
Be familiar with overall school rules. 
Provide a positive role model to the students.
Show respect for the dignity of each student.
Be consistent and fair with discipline.
Show awareness and concern for family situations so that a better understanding of a child's behaviour may be attained.
Provide careful supervision of students at all times.
Be well prepared for lessons, reflecting good knowledge and understanding of Syllabus content for Grade Level.
Be part of the whole staff team in regard to the school's behaviour management plan.
Show loyalty and support for colleagues.
Be on time to class, playground duties and assembly.
Create an environment conducive to learning.
Create a child-centred learning environment.
Centre all teaching on a Christian perspective.

School Rules
God's rules are 1. Love God, and 2. Love others as yourself. We must try to understand and adhere to these rules. Our school rules then, tell us some of the ways of living out God's rules at the school.

Our school rules include:
a. Basic Classroom Rules:
o Be well mannered and courteous
o Obey your teacher at all times
o Say 'please' and 'thank you'
o Address the teacher and other students by their names
o Show respect for property o Ask in the correct manner (not calling out)
o Accept mistakes made by you and others
o Remain outside the classroom when the teacher is not present
o Proceed in and out of the classroom in an orderly manner
o Show self-discipline by respecting the rights of others
o Work quietly if a visitor enters the room
o Ask before borrowing
o Complete set work
o Wait at Library corner before 8.30 am

b. General Rules:
o At Assumption, we say we are a "hands off school". "Hands off" means respecting the personal space of all others and keeping your hands to yourself. It includes no contacting one another in a hurtful or invasive way, no grabbing, kicking, pulling, punching, and elbowing.
o The following behaviours are considered most unsatisfactory and have serious consequences: • Fighting - physical violence or assault • Bullying - pushing, tripping, teasing, name calling, threatening, and exclusion • Back answering a teacher • Unacceptable language • Showing disrespectful behaviour towards others • Vandalism - destruction of student, schoo1 or church property • Stealing • Dangerous behaviour - e.g. throwing objects, stones or sticks • Defiance or deliberate disobedience

c. Playground Rules:
o During terms 1 and 4, the rule is: NO HAT, NO PLAY
o Remain in the designated playground or wet weather areas. Play "safe" games.
o Games such as Bullrush, "British Bulldog" (which goes under various names), chasings, brandings, tackle football, unsupervised softball, hard ball cricket & tips are not allowed. o Obey the "Hands Off” rule.
o Take care of others and self. Play in an orderly and friendly manner.
o Obey instructions the first time.
o Keep off gardens and stay away from "out-of-bounds" areas.
o Use language that befits a Catholic school and our family home. Show respect to parents or visitors.
o Use manners at canteen lines.
o Keep playground and eating areas clean. Use bins for all rubbish & papers.
o Be responsible for sports equipment.

d. Playground Equipment Rules:
o Do not use play equipment unless a teacher is on duty.
o Play safely on the equipment. This includes no pushing or pulling others, only sitting down when using the slippery dip, no whole body turns or flips on equipment, no hanging upside down while on equipment, and moving in the one direction using the overhead bars.
o Equipment should not be used after school unless a teacher or parent is present.
o Only Kanga, soccer, basketballs or tennis balls to be used during normal recess & lunch.
o Hardball is only allowed under a teacher's strict supervision.

e. Assemblies: 
o Answer school bell, move quickly and quietly to Hall.
o Silence immediately.
o Sit still and pay attention to the teacher addressing the assembly.
o Show reverence during prayer.
o Leave the assembly area quietly.

f. Bus Departure:
o Class teachers send children to bus lines at 3.10 pm. Move quickly to bus lines and obey teacher directions. No playing while in bus lines.
o Stand and move in correct bus lines. Remain with supervising teacher. Avoid loud talking and shouting. Walk to and from the bus.
o Greet, thank and show respect to the bus driver.
o Follow the regulation 'Code of Behaviour' for bus travel. Remember, you are in school uniform and are expected to be on your best behaviour while on the bus or at the bus interchange. Bus travel is considered a privilege, not a right.

g. Other Departures:
o Bicycles are to be located near the Diagnostic Assessment & Intervention Centre (convent building). Walk bicycles while on school grounds.
o A teacher will dismiss walkers at the appropriate time.
o Students waiting for parents will assemble to be escorted across the road to the park.
o Notification of changes in normal departures, including a person other than the parent or carer picking up the child, must be provided to the student’s teacher or school secretary prior to home time.

h. Library:
o Eating or drinking in the library is not allowed
o Students are to be accompanied by a teacher when in the library.
o Remember the library is a quiet area.
o Leave the library tidy and in good order.

i. Staff Room:
o The staff room is a staff only area.
o Children are not allowed in staff room (or administration areas) unless accompanied by a teacher. If a child is sent to the staff room by the duty teacher, during recess or lunch, they will knock on the door and wait.

j. Church:
o Always be quiet and respectful in the church, as it is sacred space.
o Participate reverently in prayers liturgy.
o Listen and respond appropriately at all times.

 

Statement of policy in relation to bullying

1. Assumption School is opposed to bullying in all its forms - physical, emotional and verbal.

2. The school seeks to counter views that bullying is an acceptable part of life and through educational programs and example, encourages parents, staff and students to build a climate of respect and care for others.

3. The school endeavours to provide a safe, secure learning environment for its students with a zero tolerance of bullying.

4. The school bas a pastoral care policy, as well as reporting and welfare measures, which ensure cases of bullying are dealt with.

5. The school offers to support victims of bullying and aims to reform those who engage in bullying behaviour. Our overall anti-bullying strategy includes:
• Teaching children examples of bullying and its effects.
• Regular class reminders by teachers about school rules.
• Regular whole school reminders about school rules at assemblies.
• As a school, we aim to keep a positive focus.

 

Summary of discipline procedures

While we aim to maintain a positive focus and foster a rewarding experience for our students, there are times when appropriate discipline is required. In general, the types of behaviour and associated consequences are summarised in the table below. It is meant as a guide only as each set of circumstances may require different responses.

TYPES ISSUES OF BEHAVIOUR PROCEDURAL STEPS CONSEQUENCES
MINOR

- Hands on
- Littering
- Out of bounds
- Bad manners
- Incorrect uniform
- Not following school rules
- Not following school values
- Bullying
- Rudeness / disrespect

1. Teacher talks to child and identifies unacceptable behaviour
2. Ask them to reflect on how their behaviour affects others
3. Explain the consequence of the behaviour
4. Implement appropriate consequences
5. Repeat offenders: Follow procedural steps for Major
- Bag of papers
- Walk next to teacher
- Reminder of appropriate behaviour
- Time Out (eg. 5mins)
- Incident Report
MAJOR - Verbal aggression
- Physical aggression
- Disobedience
- Bus misbehaviour
- Stealing
- Lying
- Vandalism
- Bullying
- Disrespect / irreverence
- Swearing at teacher
- Unsafe behaviour
Refer to Executive staff member who will:
1. Assess situation and make area/ people safe
2. Interview all students involved/ Interview witnesses, gather facts
3. Teachers/students involved write up Incident Report
4. Refer to Executive for further investigation
5. Teacher/Executive implement consequences
6. Student informed of consequence
7. Written record of incident filed
- Time out ; wholesession or reflection
- Written apology
- Ring Parents
- Note to Parents
- Loss of privileges
- Exclusion from excursions or school representation
- Student Contract
Repeat Offenders: Interview Parents