We believe that every member of our school community should feel valued, respected and treated as an individual in the belief that: “… all children are a gift from God. They are all special and should be allowed to develop and grow in a nurturing environment secure in the knowledge that they are cherished.”
Our school rewards good behaviour as it develops an ethos of kindness and co-operation. Our approach is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter antisocial behaviour. Teachers and teaching assistants celebrate children’s work and achievements through:
- Positive verbal feedback
- Written feedback following a piece of work
- Displaying work throughout the school
- Children showing their work to another class teacher, a curriculum co-ordinator or the head teacher
- Children receiving house points, reward postcards/certificates or reward stickers or stars
- Our Achievement assembly; school newsletter or Sharing assemblies or events where children are able to show/present work at least annually to parents
- Giving children opportunities to succeed through responsibility, such as being members of our school council, prefects, library monitors, class monitors and other; roles however seemingly small
- Younger classes being given the opportunity to take a special cuddly toy home for the evening or weekend
Years 1-6 follow a class behaviour system. For use in class as follows and at all times throughout the day including lunch, breaks and during interventions. Each class has a behaviour chart displayed in full view. The coloured chart uses named pegs to indicate a child’s behaviour. All children begin a new day on the green zone indicating a fresh start. Positive behaviour choices enable children to move their pegs up the behaviour system regardless of where their peg is located. Negative behavioural choices will force a child’s peg down the chart. Importantly, children can make up for any poor behaviour displayed by making positive choices. It is never too late.
We believe that parents should be regularly informed about children’s behaviour so children at the top and bottom of the behaviour charts are informed with either a ‘Golden Message Home’ happy gram or a written note in their home communication book.