Our school community endeavours to exercise pastoral care for each and every child, parent and staff member. All school behaviour management practices aim to develop in our students, self-discipline and a respect for self and others. A high, but fair standard of behaviour is expected at all times.
Behaviour management is a joint responsibility of parents and teachers. Home and school must work together to develop in the child a Christian respect for self and others and for proper authority and the property of others. We believe that children benefit the most when there is a team approach.
Parents are expected to speak privately with the teacher and/or Principal to solve any problems.
Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour for Learning
St Michael’s School is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for all students, staff, parents and visitors. We recognise that to achieve success academically, we also need to help our students feel connected to our school community, develop an awareness of their emotions and actions, as well as understand how their actions affect others.
Our beliefs about teaching and learning socially at school, student behaviour supports, and responding to students’ needs, unify us and direct our actions.
At St Michael’s we believe:
- The model for our behavioural choices are the words, actions and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Behaviour is a learning process where positive learning behaviours are taught as part of the curriculum.
- There must be a warm, disciplined, safe, and supportive classroom environment where students and teachers develop positive relationships.
- Students are always expected to do the best they can and are expected to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour. The teacher’s role is to teach and facilitate the learning and behaviour.
- Respect, safety and learning in our Catholic context, are central to everything we do at St Michael’s.
- Students have the right to receive constructive feedback about their behaviour and learning.
- Children’s behaviour is a way of communicating a need.
- The quality of the student-teacher relationship impacts student behavior.
The Multi-Tiered System of Support
St Michael’s has developed its approach to supporting positive behaviour using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to maximise success for all students. The goal of the multi-tiered framework is to provide high-quality instruction and support based on student need.
At St Michael’s, we have developed behaviour expectations, a consequence framework and procedures across our whole school community, which help create a safe and positive school environment for our community.
Our Whole School Behaviour Support Plan describes the staff responsibilities and processes we use in our school to promote an effective research-based approach to developing and maintaining positive student behaviour.
Its purpose is to facilitate high levels of student engagement across the school, ensuring that successful learning outcomes are maximised and that our students are enabled to fully participate and experience success.
For a complete version of our Whole School Positive Behaviour Support Plan, please visit our school website.
School Rules and Expectations
Our school rules and expectations are designed to help everyone at St Michael’s to live and work together in a happy and safe environment, where we can learn to know, love and serve God.
We believe that the most effective behaviour support results from positive relationships between teachers, parents and students. Behaviour management should be based on the encouragement of constructive and positive behaviour and the molding of aspects of misbehaviour. Through acknowledgement, reward, praise and encouragement, we aim to enhance the development of a self-disciplined student.
We strive to provide a supportive, challenging environment where children develop a sense of self-worth and accept responsibility for their own actions and learning through life. Our school community, students, staff, parents and carers, have resolved to work together to ensure a safe, responsible, respectful, supportive learning environment.
St Michael’s School is committed to providing an environment in which all members are treated with dignity and one in which the rights of others are truly understood and respected.
As a learning community, we value and respect each child’s individuality and the gifts and talents they bring to our school. We acknowledge that all students are made in Christ’s image and as such, should be loved and cared for even in the face of adversity.