Code of Behaviour

A school is like a big family. If its members are going to be safe, happy and things are going to get done, there must be some rules for everyone to follow.

Rules do three things:

  1. They tell people what they can do.
  2. They tell people what they can’t do.
  3. They make it possible for people to live and work together.

A right is something to which you are entitled.


  1. The right to be an individual at school: This means you should not be treated unfairly because you are tall or short, boy or girl, or because it takes you a little longer to get the answer.
  2. You have the right to be respected and treated with kindness at school: This means that others should not laugh at you, make fun of you, or hurt your feelings. No one is to embarrass you in front of the class.
  3. You have the right to express yourself: This means that you may talk freely about your ideas and feelings when appropriate.
  4. You have the right to tell your side of the story: This means that you have a right to present your case in a reasonable manner during any enquiry.

Examples of your responsibilities are to:

  1. allow others to work without being bothered
  2. make good use of your time and do not bother others
  3. complete your classroom assignments: This means that you do your best with your class work
  4. help make school a good place to be: This means being thoughtful, respectful and courteous to others
  5. take care of property:
    1. This means that you take care of your own and school property and respect the property of others.
  6. come to school:
    1. This means that you come to school every day on time, unless you are sick or have a special reason to be absent
  7. obey school rules:
    1. This means observing all safety playground and classroom rules
  8. practise good personal cleanliness:
    1. This means that you come to school clean, dressed in correct uniform and practise good health habits at school
  9. take messages home:
    1. This means that it is important to take all school messages such as the weekly newsletter or important notices about excursions etc. home to your parents.
  10. You have a responsibility to keep your desk and class room tidy.



School rules exist for the safety of everyone within the community. At all times rules and their enactment should be consistent with Gospel values and reconciliation is a central value to the Gospel and should be the underpinning philosophy to the management of student behaviour.

Managing Student Behaviour - Rules


Class Plan

Each class teacher will establish through consultation with the class, at the beginning of the year, a Behaviour Management Plan which is consistent with the guidelines provided below.
The Class Behaviour Management Plan should be reflective of the class’ stage of development and, as far as practicable, consistent across the year levels.
The Class Behaviour Management Plan should recognise:

  1. Each student has a right to:
    1. Learn.
    2. Feel safe.
    3. Learn in peace.
  2. The teacher has a right to:
    1. Teach in peace and safety.
  3. The consequences that flow from each decision made.

Full text:  Managing Student Behaviour - Class Plan




The consequences will be determined by the staff member dealing with the incident, following an appropriate investigation, and may include consequences such as:

  1. Verbal Warnings.
  2. Being assigned to sit on the bench away from peers at recess and/or lunchtime.
  3. Parents being notified.

Parents are partners in the education of their children and where possible will be notified of serious breaches of this policy and where appropriate consulted regarding suitable consequences.
The consequences for repeated or serious misbehaviour may result in consequences including, but not limited to:

  1. Being sent to the Principal, or his delegate.
  2. A letter to parents.
  3. Parental meeting with the Principal, or his delegate.
  4. In-school detention, where the child remains in the School Office block for a set number of days to complete their school work.
  5. Suspension from attending school for a set period.

Each incident and disciplinary consequence will be determined by the merits of the case and in accordance with processes outlined in this policy.


Tips for Parents

Good Shepherd Catholic School staff use a range of behaviour management techniques as part of the Pastoral Care Framework to guide, motivate and encourage the student’s appropriate classroom behaviour and a positive attitude to learning.
It is important that the parents and school work together in partnership in order to achieve the principles outlined within the Managing Student Behaviour Policy. This appendix endeavours to provide parents with techniques they can use to support their child’s behaviour management.
Research has shown that when parents are involved in and supportive of the school’s educational efforts, the students benefit significantly.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress please make a time to discuss these with the teacher in the first instance, or the Principal.

Full text:  Managing Student Behaviour - Parent Support Strategies