Students rewarded for positive behaviour

ST Paul’s Catholic School Bridgewater has embarked on a new program recognising the positive behaviour of children at the school.

School principal Cameron Brown said ‘Positive Behaviour Support’ (PBS) was a program that focused strongly on a whole-school approach to behaviour management.“PBS is assisting the school to generate strategies and systems for developing positive, effective and caring school environments.

The program began with collaborative sessions between teachers and the student leadership group. They were challenged to come up with some beliefs that are associated with positive behaviour at the school.

“They came up with what we now call the ‘Five B’s’. These are: be a good learner, be respectful, be safe, be a good friend and be your best. These beliefs are vibrantly displayed across the school in banners and student made posters, demonstrating how this positive behaviour is recognisable. Teachers and students are just beginning a 20-metre long mural, funded by a grant from the Brighton Council, acknowledging these beliefs.

St Paul’s Catholic School is identified as a PBS school in the following ways:

*Behavioural expectations are clearly displayed.

*Students can state the behavioural expectations.

*Students are recognised for appropriate behavior.

*All staff know the expectations.

*Data are collected and used for decision-making.

*The program includes families.

Students are rewarded in all subjects with stickers and when they achieve a certain number of stickers they are rewarded with a ‘pleasing postcard’, school pencils, lunch with the principal and a fun excursion. For further enquiries, contact the school during Office Hours on 6263 6482 and organise a tour of the school.