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School Wide Positive Behaviour Systems

SWPBS  is a systems approach for establishing the social culture and behavioural support needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.  Its features include:

  • Explicit teaching of positive social expectations;
  • Clarity about what those expectations are;
  • Acknowledgement and rewards for appropriate behaviour;
  • Consistent consequences for unacceptable behaviour;
  • The use of data about behaviour for decision-making.

At St James Catholic College our expectations regarding school-wide positive behaviour are contained within our FLAMES acronym. Students are expected to demonstrate values and attitudes that promote

F aith
L earning
A ttitude (positive attitudes)
M utual Respect
E ncouraging others
S afety

A reward system of diary stamps, house competition and rewards, certificates, postcards, wristbands, and special morning teas with the Principal underpin the positive behaviour support system.

If a student demonstrates an attitude or action that is not consistent with our FLAMES they are required to report to the reparation room at the beginning of lunch and reflect on that behaviour and suggest what they need to do to rectify the situation – to repair the harm. The teacher on duty in the reparation room assists the student through this process and helps them determine what the consequences should be (to ensure consistency/restore relationships).

Please note that a copy of your child’s reflection sheet is forwarded to you and you are asked to let the College know that you have received it. No other action is required; however, you are encouraged to contact your child’s Class Teacher if you then have any concerns. The reflection sheet will alert you to the incident and what the follow up has been. These incidents are generally deemed ‘Minor-Problem’ behaviours. The reflection sheet is sent via your preferred communication method.  That is, via email or hardcopy.  

If the incident is deemed to be a ‘Major Problem’ behaviour or an on-going ‘Minor Problem’ behaviour a student will receive additional consequences. Consequences may include such things as Internal Suspension, After-School Detention, Relocation, Community Service, loss of privileges, Student Contract etc.  This is dependent on the age of the student and what inappropriate behaviours are demonstrated. In these more serious situations parents WILL be contacted by phone.  In addition, it needs to be noted that the Pastoral Care Team meets weekly to ensure consistency and appropriate supports are in place for these students.

All the incidents (Major and Minor) are recorded into a database so that we can monitor progress and review our procedures.  We are pleased to report that since this system has been in place there has been a significant decrease in the number of behavioural concerns.  This then translates into improved learning outcomes for everyone.  Working in partnership, it is clear that we are making a positive difference in our College community.

Notwithstanding the importance of following up negative behaviour we continue to have an overwhelming emphasis on the positive reinforcements. Our goal is 6 positive to every negative.

If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

Brett Tanner (Deputy Principal) and Stacey Cooper (Assistant Principal: Teaching and Learning - Primary)