Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy
The philosophy of our school is to learn together, showing caring attitudes and consideration to others. We aim to foster learning in a safe, secure environment.
The school’s approach to fostering a positive and safe working environment centres around the following focus points:
- Strong relationships between students and teachers;
- The five agreements that we all make, both adults and children;
- A strong and well understood anti bullying approach.
Forming strong relationships is an important aspect of how we learn together. Students and teachers know each other and about each other. Teachers explicitly promote a classroom where all children know the names of other children; know something about them; know and like their teacher; and have a friendship group they are comfortable with.
Children should feel comfortable in their setting and know that they are understood and liked.
Teachers work with their students to help them develop positive attitudes and perceptions about what is required of them as students. If students feel accepted and liked by their teacher and peers then they are more likely to engage in learning and to behave positively.
The school policy explains our approach to bullying. The important aspects are to ensure that children know what bullying is and what to do if they encounter it. We do not ever ignore a report of bullying. They are all followed up.
At the beginning of each semester each class explicitly teaches children about bullying and students know our school approach. There is a school Anti-Bullying pamphlet which explains our approach.
The school follows a process called Tribes. This aims to “create a culture that maximises learning and human development.”
The process involves us all in keeping five agreements. They are:
- Appreciations, no put downs - Children are shown how to give meaningful appreciations to others and they agree not to use put downs.
- The right to pass - In group situations, if a person feels unsure or unsafe joining in an activity, then there will be no compulsion to do so.
- Attentive listening - Children are taught how to listen, not only with their ears but with their eyes and their heart.
- Mutual respect - Respect for each other’s property, feelings, ideas and thoughts is crucial in our community.
- Personal Best - Children are encouraged to always do their best and are shown how to recognize and respect differences in ability areas between people.
The use of these five Agreements by the school community helps to establish a positive learning environment where all students feel safe and valued. The Agreements are displayed in every classroom and there are regular lessons that help students to know how to work with these Agreements.
The school has a Tribes pamphlet which briefly explains this process. The pamphlet is available from the school office or to download from this page.