Behaviour Policy

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.

Values

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

Behaviour Code

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

Body language

Active listening

Follow instructions

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

Property

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.

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