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Relationships and Student Behaviour Choices

Our primary focus at Kalamunda Christian School is education through relationships. Our core values are:

  • Honour
  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Love of learning

We believe that in working together, we can learn and grow in the best possible environment.

At Kalamunda Christian School we believe that behaviour management is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • The promotion of an atmosphere conducive to effective teaching and learning.
  • Creation of a safe and supportive school environment where students can develop their abilities and interests, and staff can teach and provide learning opportunities.
  • Fostering of mutual respect for others and their property.
  • Developing in students the ability to take responsibility for their own behaviour and the consequences of their actions, to bring about future learning.

The heart of behaviour management aims to develop character and godliness in children and is underpinned by a number of Biblical scriptures.

Proverbs 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it’.

Kalamunda Christian School aims to provide a positive environment in which each child is respected and his/her right to learn is encouraged and protected.

Our behaviour management policy provides consistent, logical and clear rules and consequences made familiar to all involved.The support of parents, teachers and children is needed to ensure the development of self-disciplined students.The following principles underpin Kalamunda Christian School’s approach to managing student behaviour:

Consistency

All staff follow the procedures so that issues of fairness and equity are minimised.

Process

The children learn a framework within which they can work. Children can see a logical progression and a relationship between their behaviour and the consequences.

Counsel

It is the desire of all staff to counsel and guide students in ways they can make appropriate behaviour choices.Opportunities will be made available for students to speak with their teachers about strategies that may lead to better choices and greater levels of self-control.

Responsibility

Children are responsible for their own behaviour. The first step in changing the behaviour is an understanding that if they choose the behaviour, they are also choosing the consequences of the behaviour.

Communication

Children are at school on loan from their parents. True education involves a partnership between the school and home. It is vital that the children’s behaviour, both positive and negative, be communicated to parents.

Relationships

It is recognised that positive working relationships between the students and staff is essential for mutual respect in the school community.

At KCS our focus is to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, so we can focus on early intervention of negative behaviours.Strong relationships promote optimal progress in all facets of school life.We aim to provide delivery of the curriculum in such a way that students are actively engaged and motivated to learn. When we find it necessary to speak with students regarding negative behaviours, we do so in a way that promotes growth and understanding.

We acknowledge that all students are different, and a variety of factors need to be taken into account when speaking with students about behaviour choices.KCS does not restrict itself to a “one size fits all” approach.We make use of all available information to make a fair and equitable judgement with the information we possess, at the time.We also acknowledge that students with special needs may have additional factors that require consideration when determining consequences.

At no time will the school staff discuss the consequences a student receives, with any person other than their parent or legal guardian.

General Behaviour Expectations:

  • Respect and honour yourself and others
  • Respect property
  • Respect, honour and obey authority

Student Classroom Behaviour Expectations:

The students will:

  • Wear the correct uniform to a clean and neat standard.
  • Demonstrate first time obedience.
  • Stand for visitors as a sign of respect.
  • Line up outside the classroom prior to the morning bell and after each break, or upon return from visiting specialist classes.
  • Not interrupt when someone else is talking.
  • Wait their turn.
  • Not demonstrate bullying behaviour.
  • Follow the class rules.

The school uses a behaviour peg chart system that supports staff and students in tracking behaviours, both positive and negative.Each class has their own version, with the same underlying principles.Students are given a warning if their behaviour requires adjusting, if they persist in the negative behaviour, they are ‘pegged down’.Teachers also have follow-up conversations with students to provide them with an understanding of how their choices impact themselves and others.Teachers also give students suggestions of better choices and strategies to achieve success in areas they find challenging.

Teachers engage in conversations with students about making mistakes and how we can all grow and learn from them.We aim to make our school a safe and comfortable environment where mistakes are accepted, discussed, corrected and forgiven.Each day is a new chance to start afresh and remember what we have learned on previous days. We are not in competition with anyone other than ourselves, as we strive to be better than we were yesterday.