At St Bernadette’s Primary we have consultative approach to formulating this set of Agreed practice around student management. These procedures align with the Student Wellbeing and Child Protection Policies.
The principles on which we base our Behaviour Management practices at St Bernadette’s School demonstrate procedural fairness. We believe that procedural fairness is a basic right of all children when dealing with school authorities. We apply the ‘hearing rule’ and the ‘right to an unbiased decision.’
Each child has the right to know the nature of an allegation made against them and any information which will be taken into account in considering the matter. The child should know the process by which the matter will be considered and have the right to respond to the allegation. The child should always know how to seek a review of the decision made in response to the allegation. At no time is corporal punishment administered or accepted.
At St Bernadette’s School, members of the staff make every effort to demonstrate an absence of bias in their decision-making. They believe that children have a right to an unbiased decision and the right to impartiality in an investigation.
Procedural fairness at St Bernadette’s School includes making available to students and parents (or caregivers) policies and procedures under which disciplinary action is taken. It also includes providing details of an allegation relating to a specific matter or incident. This will usually involve providing an outline of the allegations made in witness statements. We, at St Bernadette’s School, believe that it is preferable for different people to carry out the investigation and decision-making in the school but we acknowledge that this might not always be possible. Whoever carries out these roles at St Bernadette’s School undertakes to do so in a reasonable and objective manner. We strive for justice to be done and seen to be done.
At St Bernadette’s School, the principles of procedural fairness underpin:
In the classroom
On the playground
The management of bullying in the school and the support we give to the person(s) hurt.
The approach to exclusion and suspension of children should we ever have to manage such situation. In these cases, we would involve the Catholic Education Office and follow the guidelines for such serious situations found in the Diocesan Policy.
It is upon these basic principles of procedural fairness that the following procedures have been developed for the management of behaviour
(a) in the classroom and
(b) on the playground.
Positive Behaviour Support For Learning (PBS4L) is an evidenced based framework that helps create positive learning environments to maximise student learning and enhance student and staff wellbeing.
The purpose of PBS4L is to develop effective school wide systems and practices that are informed by data to get more positive outcomes for students both socially and academically. The basic principle behind PBS4L is that behaviour is learnt and therefore can be taught.
St Bernadette’s PBS4L Mission Statement:
At St Bernadette’s we aim to provide a safe and respectful environment where children come to learn, live and love and are empowered to grow as valued members of the community.
Who is PBS4L for?
It is important to understand that PBS4L is for everyone! It is not just for children with challenging behaviours.
Implementing PBS4L at St Bernadette’s means that the expectations of behaviour are made very clear to all in the community and these expectations are actively taught, positively reinforced by staff when these behaviours are observed, and corrected and re-taught by staff when problem behaviour arises.
Families are important members of our school community and we know that when schools and families work together toward a common goal of helping all children and young people to be successful, it is much more likely to happen.
The school expectations at St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School outline appropriate student behaviours that contribute to the functioning of our school as a respectful, safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment. It is important that every member of the school community knows and has a clear understanding of the school expectations.
At St Bernadette's:
We are safe
We are respectful
We are learners
When a student does not follow the school rules the following procedures will be followed:
In the Classroom
A verbal warning is delivered to the student.
If the behaviour continues an in class time out will be given.
At the teacher’s discretion, a student may be removed from the classroom and sent to another learning space or referred to leadership. These cases are when the wellbeing of all students is at risk.
On the Playground
A verbal warning is delivered to the student.
If the behaviour continues the playground teacher will prompt, redirect and reteach the school rules to the student.
At the teacher’s discretion, a student may be removed from the playground and referred to leadership. These cases are when the wellbeing of all students is at risk. The incident will be documented and the student will receive a Reflection Form. The parents will receive a phone call regarding the incident.
If incidents of further negative behaviour continue, then serious thought must be given to both an internal suspension or external suspension of 1 to 3 days. It is understood that parents would be fully informed at all times before such serious consequences are decided upon.
A teacher may use reasonable restraint to protect a child in a situation which is perceived to be harmful or threatening to the safety of the child and / or other children / staff members.
If a suspension is necessary, the Principal is required to notify the Parish Priest and the Director of Performance from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.
In line with procedures outlined by DET (6.1.5) and as implemented by the Catholic Education Commission school Principals must suspend immediately and consistently any student who:
Is physically violent (resulting in pain or injury to others)
Is in possession of a firearm, prohibited weapon or knife
Uses or is in possession of a suspected illegal substance or supplies a restricted substance.
At all times St Bernadette’s respects the dignity of each child. We strive to meet the needs of the individual child in a pastoral, Christian environment.
Anti Bullying Policy
St Bernadette’s, Dundas does not tolerate bullying in any form. All members of the school community are committed to ensuring that a safe and caring environment is evident at all times. The St Bernadette’s community supports the premise that self worth and self esteem flourish where the group feels secure.
To provide a safe and pleasant environment for all who attend the school.
To provide empathy and strategies for children who encounter any form of bullying.
To provide strategies for children who display bullying tactics in their day to day dealings with other children.
To provide parents with advice if bullying occurs.
Provide parents and staff with an understanding of what constitutes bullying
Inform and educate parents on the strategies they can adopt in day to day parenting
Inform children as to what constitutes unacceptable behaviour through class, stage and whole school meetings
Explain the policy of bullying prevention to children and the parent body
Utilise the Student Reflection Form when bullying occurs.