Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Brisbane provide all students with opportunities to develop positive behaviours and self-discipline in a safe, supportive environment where mutually respectful relationships are the defining features of a dynamic, Christ-centred community.
RationaleEach Catholic community, organisation and individual collaboratively engaged in the educational ministry of the Church in the Archdiocese of Brisbane is called to:
TeachWe promote faith in Jesus Christ, teaching and learning about Jesus, the gospel and the faith of the Catholic Christian community. Learning is lifelong, life-giving and engages the whole person.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we challenge those we educate to live in communion with God, others and the whole of creation in prayerful, sacramental, just, peaceful, inclusive and reconciling communities.
TransformWe educate for a transformed world in communion, by nurturing the gifts and potential of each person, enacting shared leadership, and exercising a preferential option for the poor and the marginalised.
The Vision Statement for Catholic Education above underpins and guides the development and implementation of this policy.
Catholic schools are committed to positive, proactive practices in support of student behaviour. This policy is based on the belief that young people in Catholic schools are on a journey to spiritual, social, emotional, physical, psychological and intellectual wholeness and maturity. Formation in appropriate behaviour and respectful relationships in Catholic schools occurs in a safe, supportive community where students are provided with models of Christ-centred living; where they can learn from their mistakes and build and restore right relationships in a climate of safety, acceptance and reconciliation.
In Catholic schools, positive student behaviour support is considered to be an integral part of all learning and teaching experiences. Learning becomes rich, real and relevant when individuals, in all their diversity, experience connectedness and feel valued and safe. It is acknowledged that a diverse range of personal, social, cultural, family, technological and religious influences can impact on the relational and behavioural responses of students at any given point in time.
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting and improving the educational goals for all students. The National Safe Schools Framework (2011) provides schools with the following vision: “All Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing”. In light of these influences, Catholic schools seek to develop throughout the school community appropriate behaviours and respectful relationships that are infused with gospel values.
Student Behaviour Support assists schools in their integrated delivery of the curriculum and pastoral care programs through classroom strategies that reflects a proactive whole-school learning and teaching focus for all students and that develops effective student safety and wellbeing policies and practices.
• Quality relationships and partnerships – the fostering of respectful interpersonal relationships among and between all community members• A commitment to justice and service - identifying and eliminating barriers that hinder students’ participation and achievement• Diversity is respected and valued - welcoming and including students from culturally diverse backgrounds; responding to the diverse needs of students who experience learning and social-emotional difficulties• Social and emotional learning – developing students’ social/emotional skills, qualities of self-discipline, reciprocal responsibility, responsible decision making and a social conscience• Effective networks of care across the community - partnerships with parents, the wider community, church groups, support services, respite care and health services• Supportive Organisational structures – the establishment of specific whole school approaches and structures, processes and arrangements to support student formation and redirection, grievances and appeals, reconciliation and restoration.
In enacting this policy schools will develop, implement, review and monitor a Student Behaviour Support plan that:
• Aligns with Brisbane Catholic Education Student Behaviour Support Policy Regulations and Guidelines• Reflects a proactive whole-school approach that develops effective student safety and wellbeing policies and practices.• Is consistent with the Brisbane Catholic Education’s Strategic Renewal Framework 2012-2016• Promotes positive relationships with parents and caregivers and ensures effective communication with families• Outlines an ongoing program of staff professional learning in terms of familiarisation, skill development and philosophical approach• Promotes and ensures the availability of the Student Behaviour Support Plan to all members of the school community
The Brisbane Catholic Education Student Behaviour Support Regulations, Guidelines and Procedures (2012) and the Supporting Toolkit for Schools have been developed to provide background and guidelines to the policy and to clearly outline expectations in relation to its implementation.
Here at St Ambrose’s, as members of a Christian community, all our actions must meet the test of being signs of love and respect for ourselves and for each other.
Our procedure aims at safeguarding the rights of teachers to teach and the rights of children to learn in a safe, supportive environment. The main objective is that children will accept responsibility both for their own behaviour and for the natural and logical consequences that flow from it.
At St Ambrose’s every child has the right to feel safe, and the responsibility to ensure that all others feel safe and secure.
To achieve this we endeavour to create an environment within the classroom that is warm, encouraging and consistent. The areas that we have highlighted of importance are:• Respect• Learning• Safety
The establishment and development of a class covenant is valued by all members of the St Ambrose’s School Community. During Term 1, each class will work towards establishing a covenant that reflects a dream for the class – one which promotes a positive learning environment. Belonging to a class grouping is the primary focus of this process. Each class also develops their own Class Covenant to embed these ideas with that of Making Jesus Real – the GTS Way and our values as the Habits of the Heart. The covenant should then be translated into behavioural rules that are framed in reference to the school code of behaviour.
This is carried out at the beginning of each year when each class will work through with students what these areas look like in the classroom and playground and what they don’t look like. This enables a consistent approach to both positive and negative behaviours. Students will both contribute and be made aware of school and classroom rules and the consequences of their actions should these rules be broken. Continued misdemeanours and all serious matters are reported to the parents.
Because we believe in love, understanding and respect, we encourage the development of self-discipline and a sense of Christian and social responsibility through the promotion of the Habits of the Heart that underpin our behaviour management.
We recognise that the majority of children will grow in discerning right from wrong without major consequence or reward. We will encourage and praise behaviours by children that reflect the Habits of the Heart as we strive to develop an intrinsic motivation to do what is right (Remembering, Tolerance, Generosity, Love, Perseverance and Hope)
The responsibility for maintaining and promoting positive behaviours in the school is a shared responsibility of children, parents and school staff. All parties should reflect a cooperative spirit marked by mutual respect in communication.
Making Jesus Real is a way of life and reflects the purpose of the school’s Behaviour Support Plan Policy. All members of our St Ambrose’s School Community aim to develop their own responsibility for their growth as a person. As a way of life Jesus is our mentor and MJR centres on the belief that we are the image of Jesus to all those people around us. We are His representatives and our actions should reflect His values. Jesus made the comment that we are part of His family and that the ways we treat ourselves and others should be reflective of the way we would treat Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matt 25:40
The school community of St Ambrose’s aligns this philosophy and way of life, through actions thatSupport and challenge each member in their personal growth towards becoming the image of Jesus to others in the classroom, at home and in the wider community.
Please find the link to our full Positive Behaviour Plan document below and it can also be found on our Parent Portal.
Positive Behaviour Plan.pdf