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 Student Behaviour Support

(This page contains excerpts from the Student Behaviour Support Policy. The entire policy is available as a download at the bottom of this page)

Policy Statement

This Student Behaviour Support policy has an accent on understanding behaviours rather than simply reacting to them. It places emphasis on relationships, personal responsibility and choice. It is proactive and preventative in nature and strives to create a positive culture in the College. It provides opportunities for reconciliation and redirection for students to allow for new beginnings.

Rationale

Student Behaviour Support is a cooperative process involving students, staff and parents in the progressive development of responsible citizens. St Augustine’s College community models and practises fair, equitable and non-discriminatory language and behaviours. We use safe and legal procedures.

Through this policy the StAC Community fosters:

  • Quality interpersonal relationships
  • Pastoral relationships helping students to value themselves and others and to experience well being
  • Inclusive teaching and learning – responding to special needs and educational disadvantage
  • Supportive school – family partnerships and networks of care across the community
  • Formation of student self-discipline, conscience and reciprocal responsibility
  • Organisational structures to support student development and redirection
  • Reconciliation in the Christian tradition to offer support and opportunity for a fresh start.

Value Statement                        

The StAC community believes that every person should be treated with dignity and respect and will be provided with fair and just processes. The following values, taken from the College Statement of Values, will be applied to the implementation of this policy.

We value:

  • Processes which encourage people to treat others with dignity and respect
  • Processes that foster relationships built on honesty and trust, care and compassion
  • Processes and consequences that help students become aware that their behaviour is their responsibility and the result of their own choice
  • Consistency from all staff as vehicle for success in implementing this policy in a predicable, fair and just manner

Some Key Features of the Student Behaviour Support Policy in Practice:

  • Home Group (HG) teachers have the key role in supporting students and the majority of issues that may arise with students are handled by their class or HG teacher;
  • In Middle and Senior Years the home group is supported by the Pastoral Coordinators appointed for particular groups of students;
  • The College Code of Conduct can best be summarized by the 10 PB’s chart included in this document (PB = Positive Behaviours)
  • We have displayed throughout the College the triangular ‘Levels of Behaviour’ poster (see in this document). This is used to lift students’ awareness of expectations of behaviour and consequences.
  • Parents are informed of behaviour issues if they are considered serious or if a pattern of inappropriate behaviour is evident;
  • The College has a Pastoral Centre which is a quiet, supervised room where students can reflect on their behaviour choices, plan for and negotiate re-entry into classes. The Pastoral Centre is staffed by Assistant Principals and staff in middle management positions.
  • Parents may be requested to attend a meeting with HG teacher, Pastoral Coordinator and/or member of the Administration Team to discuss ways to support students who make poor choices;
  • Students may be withdrawn from the playground if their behaviour is judged to be disruptive or endangering the safety of others;
  • A range of Individual Behaviour Plans have been developed for implementation with students who require closer monitoring;
  • St Augustine’s is committed to quality, inclusive teaching and learning practices, especially for those who because of a disability, require significant adjustments to how we manage their behaviour.

 Program Achieve, You Can Do It!

An important element of the student behaviour support process is Program Achieve, You Can Do it! Which is a program with the goal of providing students with the foundations for achievement and success in school, work and life – today and in the world of tomorrow. We work with the students to build the culture of the College as one where students are keen to do their best, willing to give things a go, get along with others, believe in themselves and their ability, and have the resilience to bounce back when faced with set backs and challenges.

The Keys to Success that the program focuses on are: Confidence, Persistence, Organisation and Getting Along (with Resilience underpinning it all). Teachers across the College work with the students to develop these foundations, and they underpin some reporting and awards schemes.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Students sometimes choose to engage in bullying or harassing behaviour which is clearly at odds with the values and code of conduct promoted and accepted in this College. These instances are taken seriously and a comprehensive anti bullying strategy has been developed to address this sort of behaviour.

Bullying Defined

Bullying is when a person is exposed repeatedly and over time to acts of aggression – physical, verbal or indirect / psychological – with the intent to cause embarrassment, pain or discomfort to another. Bullying usually involves an abuse of power by an individual or a group.

Bullying can take many forms, all of which cause distress. We consider the following behaviour to be bullying:

Physical:

  • fighting - hitting, kicking, punching
  • pushing, shoving, spitting
  • making rude gestures
  • standing over or invading someone’s personal space
  • taking or damaging something which belongs to someone else
  • forcing others to hand over food, money or something which belongs to them
  • making someone do something they don’t want to
  • deliberately brushing up against another person
  • touching another person inappropriately

Verbal:

  • name calling
  • offensive language
  • insults
  • teasing
  • threatening
  • putting someone down
  • spreading rumours
  • making fun of someone because of their appearance, physical characteristics or cultural background
  • making fun of someone’s actions or answers
  • making abusive phone calls

Indirect / Psychological :

  • excluding others from the group or game
  • spreading untrue stories about others
  • writing offensive notes or graffiti about someone
  • sending offensive notes, e-mails or text messages to or about someone
  • making obscene drawings, gestures and rude jokes about another

Implementation

At St Augustine’s College we will:

  • Openly talk about bullying – what it is, how it affects individuals, and what we can do about it.
  • Provide our students with opportunities to develop skills which will build their self esteem and empower them to take the responsibility for themselves. (e.g. Program Achieve, You Can Do It!)
  • Give students the opportunity to practise anti bullying skills and receive additional support (e.g. from a guidance counsellor) if needed.
  • Encourage students to ‘tell’ of incidents of bullying or of being bullied.  Establish ‘telling’ as acceptable and responsible behaviour valued in our community.
  • Make all staff aware of the correct procedures on how to ‘respond and report incidences of bullying’ (see section below)
  • Display ‘Feeling Unsafe?’ posters in all classrooms which include photos of staff members who can help

Reporting of Bullying

Incidents of bullying can be reported to any staff member by students, their friends and their parents.

Responding to Reported Incidences of Bullying

When a bullying incident is reported or observed, we use the following strategies to deal with the occurrence:

  • Give all parties the opportunity to explain their side of the story.
  • Engage the students involved to mediation.
  • If mediation is unsuccessful, talk to the students involved about the incident and remind them that such behaviour is not acceptable.  Comfort / reassure the victim and acknowledge how he/she feels.
  • Warn the bully of the consequences of further bullying.
  • Inform other staff of the incident and notify the student’s parents via their Student Planner if appropriate.
  • Monitor the behaviour of the students involved.  Try and give the bully some tasks to do or some responsibilities, or praise him/her for doing the right thing.
  • If aggression is repeated, separate the offending student from the group (e.g. during break time).
  • If the student continues to bully, make an appointment to speak with the parents/carers.  Remind them of the policy and ask for their cooperation in stopping the child from bullying other children.
  • Refer the bully to the student support team to work on learning appropriate social skills.

The staff will be responsible for implementing this procedure and ensuring that incidents of bullying are dealt with in a manner consistent with the policy and as soon as possible after it is reported or observed.

Documents:

Student Behaviour Support Policy

 Staying Safe at StAC.pdfStaying Safe at StAC.pdf