Student Behaviour Guidelines
A Caring Community
These Guidelines are premised on the right of students to learn effectively, develop positive relationships and feel safe. In so doing, students are made aware of their responsibilities to themselves, to others and to the School. Students are encouraged to develop self-discipline, empathy and understanding so that these rights may be enjoyed by all students.
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ Galatians 5:22-23
‘And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you.’ Ephesians 4:32
- To acknowledge and encourage appropriate behaviour
- To provide a safe and nurturing environment so that our students have the opportunity to succeed at our School and develop SACS Graduate Attributes
- To equip all members of the School community with a consistent, firm and fair approach to managing both appropriate and inappropriate behaviour
We have Behaviour Management Guidelines so that:
- All members of our community know how we encourage appropriate behaviour in our students
- All who work with our students do so in a firm and fair manner
- Our students experience minimal ambiguity when dealing with adults in our School community
This program is predicated on two important principles:
- That all people are created in the image of God and are valued and should be valued by all.
- That all discipline in the School will be based upon the principles of procedural fairness.
Effective classroom management is necessary for effective learning and is the basis of a positive school climate:
- The teacher is respected and valued.
- The student is respected and valued. The behaviour not the student is the focus.
- Behavioural expectations need to be made explicit in terms of individual rights and social responsibilities.
- Social responsibilities and an understanding of chosen behaviours (both successful and unsuccessful) need to be taught across the curriculum and modelled throughout the school.
- Individuals must accept responsibility for the behaviours they choose.
- Appropriate behaviour is the outcome of responsible choice and self-knowledge. This is taught, acknowledged and modelled within the school.
- Cooperation and support among staff, students and parents is necessary for developing responsible behaviour.
- Consequences for behaviour should be consistent, appropriate and predictable while allowing for flexibility as desired. Management plans should be responsive but not reactive.
- Consequences must not involve any form of physical punishment or verbal abuse. No form of corporal punishment in any form is to be used at any time on any student.
- The School does not condone the use of corporal punishment by parents for school related issues.
- Effective class management is linked strongly to effective lesson preparation.
- All procedures are aimed at keeping students learning productively in class and in the school.
- Special consideration will need to be made at a time of personal crisis for a student.
SACS Student Rights and Responsibilities
These rights and responsibilities are based on the fundamental rights of students to be successful learners, to grow as confident and creative individuals and develop as active and informed citizens. (National Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians, Melbourne, 2008)