Our School - Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy
South Yarra Primary School
Student Wellbeing and Behaviour
The purpose of the South Yarra Primary School Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy is to facilitate the provision of a safe, inclusive, happy and supportive learning environment for all students attending South Yarra Primary School. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
To develop and implement fair and respectful whole-school wellbeing, engagement and behaviour management approach.
To provide a curriculum, which is informed by current and relevant evidence, and that will enable students to acquire knowledge and skills, value diversity and build a culture of learning, community and engagement.
To promote active 'student participation' as an avenue for improving student outcomes and providing students with a sense of ownership of their environment.
To support families to engage in their child's learning and build their capacity as active learners.
To establish social, emotional and educational support for vulnerable students and monitor and evaluate progress in adherence to the DET Child Safe Standards and Code of Conduct.
To implement processes to identify and respond to individual students who require additional assistance and support.
To build strong links with the local community including professionals and educators who can provide expertise and experience that can assist our school and our teachers to respond to the needs of the students.
Approaches to student wellbeing and behaviour management at South Yarra Primary School aim to support the development of the following capabilities in students:
A positive approach to learning.
Self-discipline and a capacity to accept responsibility for their actions.
To cooperate with others at school and in the school community.
To form worthwhile relationships, valuing other people and respecting their differences.
A sense of empathy and respect for the rights of others.
A sense of belonging, confidence, self-reliance and positive self-esteem.
Emotional security and resilience.
Pursuit of their interests and abilities.
Respect for their environment and surroundings.
The principles of organisation, confidence, persistence, getting along and resilience as explored through the values of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's 'Better Buddies' program compliment the above guidelines.
These guidelines are also supported by the values and foundations of the South Yarra Primary School Student Code of Conduct.
Approaches to student welfare and behaviour at South Yarra Primary School are underpinned by the belief that:
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS NOT PERMITTED AT SOUTH YARRA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Students should feel physically and emotionally safe and secure at school.
Students and adults are to be valued and treated with respect, thoughtfulness, friendliness, encouragement and tolerance.
Students should treat the physical environment of the school, its resources, and the belongings of others in a responsible and respectful manner.
Students should exhibit organisation, co-operation and self-discipline in their interactions with others, and in their schoolwork.
Students should consistently be made aware of the School Rules for appropriate behaviour as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct.
Expectations of student behaviour as detailed by the Student Code of Conduct will be displayed in classrooms and other appropriate places throughout the school. The Code of Conduct will also be published on the school website.
The Code of Conduct will be communicated to students, their parents and caregivers and an agreement signed to acknowledge the values and positive behaviours promoted by South Yarra Primary School.
Teachers are responsible for explaining, modelling, implementing, maintaining and revising the Student Code of Conduct.
Appropriate support services may be used when the Principal, staff and parents consider this to be in the best interests of the student.
Effective communication will be maintained between teachers and parents.
The school applies a zero tolerance approach to bullying (See Anti-Bullying Policy and Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy).
Students, teachers and parents have a responsibility to report bullying behaviour so that it can be addressed (See Anti-Bullying Policy and Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy).
School rules are detailed and exampled within the school's Student Code of Conduct document under the following headings:
Everyone Has Rights
Everyone Has Responsibilities
Caring About Our Safety
Caring About Ourselves and Others
Responding To Others
Caring for Our Learning
Caring For Our School Environment
It is also expected that students will remain in the school grounds between 8.45am and 3.30pm. Students must not leave the school grounds between those hours without the written or verbal permission of parents, or the permission of the Principal. Students leaving the school during the school day must be collected from the school premises by a parent or other authorised adult.
Restorative Justice Dialogue will be used as a guide to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is dealt with in a manner that clearly demonstrates to the student the connection between the inappropriate behaviour and its consequence. Consequences will be applied calmly and firmly, and a three-step process for managing inappropriate behaviour.
These behaviours and consequences are specified by the Student Code of Conduct, Values and Foundations document. While the aforementioned document provides a thorough outline of inappropriate behaviours and their consequences, the school strives for a holistic approach to the management of student welfare and behaviour.
Process for the Management of Inappropriate Behaviour
1. Ascertaining Misbehaviour
When a member of school staff observes inappropriate behaviour, they will decide whether to apply one of the consequences listed in the Student Code of Conduct, Values and Foundations document.
When a report of inappropriate behaviour is received from a student, teacher or parent, the staff member will hear from the student/students concerned and any witnesses, will decide whether misbehaviour has occurred, and if so, whether consequences should be applied.
2. Consequences of Misbehaviour
Classroom situation: the behaviour is directly related to the classroom. For example withdrawal from the class, repetition of work, apology, making up time, loss of privileges.
Playground situation: the behaviour is directly related to the playground. For example withdrawal from the playground or part of the playground, apology, loss of privileges, counselling if appropriate.
Parental involvement required: particularly when bullying is involved, parents of both the perpetrator and the victim will be informed, and joint action (home and school) decided upon and implemented (See Anti-Bullying Policy and Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy).
3. Escalation Process
In the case of persistent inappropriate behaviour, levels of escalation are advised by the Student Code of Conduct, Values and Foundations document. The escalation process is determined by relevant staff as also specified by the aforementioned document.
Depending on the significance of the misbehaviour, parents will be advised of the situation.
Repeated instances of misbehaviour will be reported to the Assistant Principal and finally the Principal. The Assistant Principal or Principal may be involved in the process at an earlier stage if appropriate.
In cases of severe misbehaviour a Behaviour Management Plan and/or Safety Management Plan will be implemented for the particular student or students involved.
As they progress through the school, students will be required to take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour. Developing students' self discipline and a capacity to accept responsibility for their actions is very much a partnership between parents and the school. Should a situation such as bullying arise, the school will expect that the student's parents will be supportive of, and involved in, the school's behaviour management process including the Student Code of Conduct, Values and Foundations document.
Please refer to the following South Yarra Primary School documents:
Anti-bullying Policy (including Cyberbullying)
Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy
Student Code of Conduct
SYPS Child Safe Standards Compliance Manual - Child Safe Standards 1 - 7
This policy will be reviewed as part of the school's three-year review cycle.
THIS POLICY WAS LAST RATIFIED BY SCHOOL COUNCIL IN OCTOBER, 2016.