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.
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:
- Each student has a right to:
- Feel safe.
- Learn in peace.
- The teacher has a right to:
- Teach in peace and safety.
- 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:
- Verbal Warnings.
- Being assigned to sit on the bench away from peers at recess and/or lunchtime.
- 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:
- Being sent to the Principal, or his delegate.
- A letter to parents.
- Parental meeting with the Principal, or his delegate.
- In-school detention, where the child remains in the School Office block for a set number of days to complete their school work.
- 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.