Our school stance on discipline can be found in our St Mary’s Positive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy. As members of the Catholic community at St Mary’s, we believe that discipline is an ongoing process that nurtures the total development of the child. It cannot be a separate entity and is an interchange of values between home and school. With this in mind, we aim to develop strong supportive relationships between teacher, parent and child.
At the beginning of each school year, every class looks at the rights and responsibilities of the members of the school community using our school motto- Care Always Respect Everyone.
Our Positive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy is written around our school rule of C.A.R.E.
- Care and Respect Myself
- Care and Respect Others
- Care and Respect Property
We have a mascot, Captain Care, who brings to life our school motto – CARE. Captain Care is a reminder of how we should all “care and respect” the people in our school community. Captain Care reminds us of three important messages about how we should treat others and discourage bullying.
- Captain care says, “SHARE, CARE AND BE FAIR”
- Be cool and follow the rules of the school
- Care always, respect everyone
Captain Care helps us remember the need to “Care and Respect Everyone” and say NO to BULLYING.
Each class teacher negotiates a set of positive class rules with the students. A process of teaching these rules will be followed from the beginning of Term 1 by all class teachers.
The rules are prominently displayed and regularly communicated to the students. A copy of the rules is given to the parents at the Information Session in Term One.
Each teacher follows the six point management plan:
- Reminder of the Rule (Warning)
- Time out in the classroom
- Removal from the classroom (time out in another room or office). Student completes a 4W reflection form
- Removal from the classroom to the office (inform parents)
- Child sent home where behaviour is extreme
- Begin each day as a new start
On the playground, students are expected to follow the school rules which ensure all students are safe.
In the instance of misbehaviour, students will be given a warning and a reminder of the rule they are breaking, and this will be followed by time out (5 – 10 mins) if the behaviour has not ceased.
Students who display unacceptable behaviour that does not cease after the above process, or display physical/verbal abuse to peers/teachers are removed from the situation. They are given a Behaviour Note. This note is taken home and returned the next day with their parents’ signature. The student is withdrawn from the playground and completes a 4W sheet with a member of the Leadership Team.
Commendation of Positive Behaviour
At St Mary’s, we recognise and affirm children for their efforts and achievements in academics, school spirit, Christian attitude and behaviour. Our reward systems have been established to support our teaching and learning, which assists children to become responsible for their own actions.
Throughout the day, many opportunities arise for recognising a child’s efforts in the classroom or on the playground.
Within each classroom, teachers are encouraged to have in place their own individual positive behaviour reward system. This system will be related to the needs of their class.
Care and Principal’s Awards are presented to children at each assembly. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are also presented to students.
Children who display good citizenship on the playground receive a wristband and may accumulate these to earn a Bronze Certificate (3 bands), a Silver Ribbon (+3 bands) and a Gold Medal (+3 bands).
Complementing this program is our House Reward System. This is based on the four houses at St Mary’s - Tarrant, Mackillop, McCaffery and Mackinnon.
Students earn points for their houses by:
- Displaying good citizenship in the classroom
- Following school rules in the classroom and playground
- Moving safely throughout the school
- Working well in the classroom
- Doing their best during music, drama and sport
- Showing initiative in CARING
Every Friday, the House Captains collect the points and determine which house has won for the week. The winning house has their flag hung over the assembly balcony for the week.
In Week 5 and Week 10, all points will be added and the house with the most points will be rewarded with a Mufti Day.
For a complete copy of our St Mary’s Positive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy, please access our school website or ask at the school office.