At St. John’s College we are proud of the strong, positive and caring environment that exists between students, teachers and parents. Through our weekly pastoral care program from Foundation to Year 12 we promote positive relationships within our college community. We endeavour to provide and support positive relationships that allows everyone to achieve maximum potential and growth.
We promote the importance of wellbeing, for all community members and supporting a happy and secure learning environment.
The Student Welfare and Behaviour Management Policy has been devised with a view towards making Behaviour Management in the School more streamlined and therefore more effective.
Significant features of this policy include:
- An emphasis throughout the policy on students accepting responsibility for their own actions/behaviour
- The specification of rights and responsibilities of students along with consequences which follow should a student choose not to accept these responsibilities
- Recognition that parents are an integral part of the behaviour management process. They will be informed in the early stages of any inappropriate behaviour. They can then assist their child by also pointing out the consequences, which may follow. Early intervention by both teacher and parents can normally do much to resolve any given situation.
- Student management, welfare and discipline strategies originate and emanate from the College ethos and environment where Orthodox Christian values of love, respect and justice form the basis for building learning and caring community.
- A happy and productive College environment is nurtured through an emphasis on self-discipline, cooperative learning and an authentic partnership between home and school.
- The welfare and management of our students is the shared responsibility of students, teachers and parents.
Along with consequences for unacceptable/negative behaviour; there is a deliberate effort to acknowledge and reward acceptable behaviour. Indeed, the acknowledgement of positive behaviour is of prime importance.
- Expectations of student behaviour are clearly articulated and communicated to all who are part of the St. John’s Community, via the Code of Conduct document. The Code of Conduct document and Right and Responsibility information is visibly displayed in each classroom and published in the school diaries.
- Students need to be provided with effective and positive role models when developing respect, courtesy and conflict resolution.