St Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community
Date Implemented: March 2018
Date of Next Review: Dec 2020
In a Catholic School, the discipline policy is formulated within a framework that clearly recognizes Pastoral Care as the distinctive feature from which the ethos of the school emerges. This policy is developed from an understanding of the conventional relationship between God and his people and the values of the gospel, which should permeate all that we do in the name of education.
The Discipline Policy at St. Brigid’s recognizes that the primary objective in Catholic Schools is the provision of services that develop “Persons who are responsible and inner-directed, capable of choosing freely in conformity with their conscience.”
The Catholic School. Sec. 31
At St Brigid’s Catholic Learning Community we aim to develop:
- Qualities of respect and acceptance for self and others
- Skills in the students to enable them to make responsible choices and to accept the consequences of their choices, actions and decisions.
THE MAIN PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE ST. BRIGID’S DISCIPLINE POLICY ARE THAT:
- Every person has the right to learn and work in a safe and supportive environment
- Every person needs to develop a sense of responsibility for their actions
- Every person’s self-esteem and confidence should be nurtured and developed in a positive manner
- Every person should develop lifelong social etiquette and behaviours that create an enjoyable, safe and positive environment
Therefore, at St Brigid’s our approach to behaviour management aims to provide a teaching and learning environment, which fosters and promotes the following:
- Rules that acknowledge that each member of the school community has rights and responsibilities
- Explicitly introducing and /or reinforcing the school rules at the commencement of the school year
- Making responsible choices in respect to health and safety
- Learning opportunities for all members of the school community
- Acceptance of the opinions of others
- Acceptance of a person’s background, race, culture, religion, gender, intellectual ability, physical appearance
- Showing respect for self, others and their property
ST. BRIGID’S SCHOOL RULES
To make our school a safe, happy and enjoyable place in which to learn, the following rules have been established and operate throughout the school.
· Follow Directions
· Communicate Appropriately
· Listen to the Speaker
· Move Safety
· Look After Property
· Avoid Harmful Physical Contact
HARMFUL BEHAVIOUR INCLUDES ACTIONS THAT:
- Restrict the educational opportunities of others.
- Restrict the faith opportunities of others.
- Are disruptive to the smooth running of the school.
- May prevent attainment of school aims.
- May cause others physical and/or emotional distress.
- May damage property.
The achievement of a proper working atmosphere in school depends largely on co-operation and understanding between teachers, students and parents.
Although St. Brigid’s encourages students to develop co-operative attitudes and respect for the person and property of others as part of the overall educational objective of self-discipline, there are occasions when various disciplinary actions must be undertaken to ensure adequate standards of behaviour.
Students are expected to abide by the rules and consequences that have been formulated or be prepared to accept the consequences.
IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:
The use of the behavioural management ladder
- Non-Verbal Warning
- Verbal warning
- Relocation – in the learning area – 5 – 10 minutes
- Formal time Away - Going to another learning area for some thinking time
- Exit to the principal or Deputy Principal’s Office
- If appropriate, negotiate with the student regarding consequence which could include removal of privilege and/or logical or natural consequence
- Notification to parents/careers if deemed necessary
IN THE PLAYGROUND:
For a minor incident...
- Timeout in a designated area
- Negotiate with the student regarding consequence which could include removal of privilege and/or logical or natural consequence
- For an incident where the student has been aggressive towards others…
- Remove the student from the situation or remove other students from the aggressor
- Call for support from a member of the leadership team and the student remains “Off The Yard” for the remainder of that recess break
- When the student has calmed down, discuss the incident with the student.
- Decide on the appropriate consequence
- If appropriate make a time for all involved in the incident to discuss what happened, why it happened and what might they do differently in a similar circumstance.
- Notification parents/carers from a member of the leadership team
- Record on Time Out/Off The Yard Record Sheet (See Appendix 2)
- Provide support for all students affected by the aggressor and notify parents if deemed necessary
- In accordance with the Pastoral Care Policy of the school, it may be necessary to refer for further assistance. This may include any one or more of the following:
- referral to St Brigid’s Student Wellbeing Team
- referral to an outside agency such as Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.
- referral to counselling services
For Serious Incidents …
- A serious incident is one where the student’s behaviour is a danger to themselves and/or other members of the school community. If this occurs:
- The student is removed from the situation
- The parents are notified and may be asked to collect the student
- The parents will be required to attend a meeting to discuss the student’s behaviour at school
- A Serious Behaviour Incident Report is completed by the teacher involved. (see Appendix 1)
- A copy of the report is forwarded to the Student Wellbeing Team. The original is placed in the student’s file
Corporal punishment is not permitted in this school.
If in the light of the school’s policy on serious offences and after negotiation with student and parents, the school considers that suspension is the appropriate sanction, then the school would formally inform the parents of the length of proposed suspension.
This sanction should be applied only rarely and in grave circumstances.
“Pastoral Care In Catholic Schools”. – Page 29.
This is supported by the Behaviour Management Policy.
Some examples of the resources used by the whole school are:
- Bernard M. E., (2006) Program Achieve: You Can Do It! Australia and New Zealand Scholarships Group
- Suckling A., & Temple C (2001) Bullying A Whole School Approach Australian Council of Educational Research, Camberwell.
- Helen McGrath & Toni Noble (2006) Bounce Back Pearson Education Australia, Melbourne
The Principal/Student Well-being Coordinator and staff of St Brigid’s Primary School oversee this school policy and the implementation of the programs.
Staff, in conjunction with the Wellbeing Team, School Board and students will review this policy in 2020.