Mitcham Primary School has an expectation that all students will achieve academic success and social and emotional wellbeing at school. We are committed to developing a school culture that values cultural diversity, individual and group accountability and a respect for all. Our teaching focus is to empower students to make good choices for themselves and others and build knowledge and skills that will lead to each child contributing as an effective citizen in the community.
The nine values for Australian Schooling from the National Framework are
care and compassion, doing your best, fair go, freedom, honesty and trustworthiness, integrity, respect, responsibility, understanding, tolerance and inclusion
These are reflected in our school’s values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.
At Mitcham Primary School, we aim to foster a positive learning environment that encourages
helping others and being fair
working together and respecting other’s ideas
being considerate and polite
thinking before you act and considering consequences
working hard and being responsible for oneself
learning by investigating and experimenting
aiming high and doing your best or reaching your potential
And that it
Develops safe working relationships based on mutual respect, trust, fairness, honesty, commitment, open communication and collaboration
Supports responsible decision making
Supports the rights of all students to learn and all teachers to teach
Developing responsible behaviour
Responsible behaviour is constantly being learned throughout life
Students at Mitcham Primary School are at different stages on the learning continuum and reflect a diversity of needs and abilities.
Some students may be just beginning to understand the concept of responsibility while others have developed a clear understanding and are able to make responsible choices.
The school actively promotes the use of Restorative Justice Practices.
Responsibility of school staff
Model the school’s expectations of behaviour
Make explicit the school’s expectation of behaviour
Negotiate class expectations of behaviour and support strategies
Inform families of our expectations and strategies for managing behaviour
Consistently apply the school behaviour code
Teach students strategies to resolve issues
Responsibility of students
Assist in developing classroom behaviour expectations
Follow the school’s expectations of behaviour
Seek help to resolve issues
Use learned strategies to try and resolve issues
Responsibility of parents and caregivers
Communicate concerns about behaviour or other relevant matters to support the learning process
Support the school’s Behaviour Code
Be responsive to school initiatives and strategies
Working with teachers to support the development of responsible behaviour
Parents/Carers, staff and students at Mitcham Primary School have the following expectations of behaviour:
We speak and listen respectfully
Tone and volume of voice
Appropriate and considerate language and manners
Move safely in and around school buildings
Walk in and around the school buildings
Walk bikes, skateboards, scooters in the school ground
We demonstrate care for/respect ourselves and others
Feelings/emotional safety and physical safety
Diversity e.g. culture, beliefs, ability
We care for the school environment
Keep the school free of rubbish , vandalism, graffiti and theft
Use equipment in a safe way
Respect/care for school property and environment
Policy update and review
The school council and staff regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Behaviour Policy (at least every three years) and revise the policy when required.
Policy last reviewed May 2020. Next review May 2023.