Positive Behaviour Support
The school has established a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) program in conjunction with the school community. PBS establishes a climate in which appropriate behaviour is the norm for all students. It provides school communities with an effective, evidence based approach to creating positive and engaging school environments and focuses on three levels of intervention: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary prevention. The school's Positive Behaviour Approach supports student engagement, and the social and emotional well-being of students.
PBS views inappropriate behaviour in the same manner that problems in reading or mathematics are viewed, as a skill deficit. When a skill deficit exists, we must teach the appropriate skills, which allow a unified and positive school climate to develop. This informs everyone that appropriate behaviour is a priority in the school.
School behaviour expectations and agreements are based upon everyone's right to feel safe at school, the need to be considerate of others, and our social responsibilities. The following expectations are observed at our school:
Friendly Schools Plus
The Friendly Schools Plus program is an evidence based bullying prevention program and, along with PBS and a Values program, forms part of our whole school pastoral care. The program has been developed in WA and is recognised nationally and internationally. In addition, the school uses a Restorative Practice approach in mediating and resolving student conflict.
The Zones of Regulation
To help children understand the relationship between their feelings and behaviour, we talk about the Zones of Regulation. The Zones of Regulation Curriculum is designed to teach and foster self-regulation skills and emotional control. The strategies teach children about emotions, how these can impact on their behaviour and the tools they can use to get the best state of alertness for learning. The Zones of Regulation focuses on teaching children how to recognise and manage their Zone based upon the situation and the people around them. The four zones are:
Red Zone: describes extremely heightened states of uncontrolled alertness and intense emotion. This covers emotions such as alertness, devastation, terror and over-excitement
Yellow Zone: describes a heightened state of alertness, but the person still has some self-control. This includes emotions such as frustration, worry, silliness, anxiety and excitement.
Green Zone: describes a calm state of alertness. This includes being happy, calm, focussed and ready to learn.
Blue Zone: describes a low state of alertness and arousal, where a person may be sad, tired, sick or bored.
The Friendly Kids, Friendly Classroom, Bounce Back and Kids Matter resources support our school PBS approach. The school has been acknowledged for its creative and engaging playground initiatives. The school is also featured on the National Schools Safe hub website, won an award in the 2014 Children's Week Awards, presented at state 2015 Positive Schools Conference and has been acknowledged across the state, nationally and internationally for its positive and engaging learning environment.