Behaviour Management Policy
We want to have positive people who are able to go about their task of learning and growing together.
Our aim is to provide a learning environment that enables our students to achieve their best.
At the Australian International School we look to provide guidance and advice to our students throughout the day. This happens in a variety of ways:
- In the classroom teachers look to provide students with the necessary skills to work their way through problems rather than getting angry and despondent. This could involve one on one counselling, class circle time to discuss issues and revisit agreed classroom norms, common rules, personal goal setting, using Restorative Justice and other programs such as Stop/Think/Do.
- Teachers provide clear instructions to children for and during learning sessions with expectations for the session clearly described.
- Teachers recognize children demonstrating appropriate behaviour and provide positive feedback and reinforcement.
- Warnings are given to a child who is behaving inappropriately.
- We make clear to children that everyone makes mistakes but when a warning is given they must stop and change their behavior.
- Teachers on Yard Duty play an active role talking with children, helping them with problem solving and helping to set rules for games.
- At lunchtime a wide variety of sport equipment, clubs and other facilities are available for the children to use. We firmly believe that being involved in active games and activities not only helps with fitness and also helps children socially.
Parents will be kept informed if there is any concern with a child’s behaviour. On occasion the school will seek advice in dealing with these circumstances to develop ongoing management strategies. This may include the use of an individual behavioural support plan.
Affirmative discipline is the means of establishing secure parameters for children’s behaviour in classrooms and in the playground so that the classroom is an optimal learning environment for every child and the playground is a safe and happy environment for every child.
The focus of affirmative discipline is positive. Appropriate behaviour is rewarded. Children are encouraged to realize that they are responsible for their own behaviour. Affirmative discipline determines expectations for children and the consequences that the children earn and receive for inappropriate behaviour are consistent throughout the school.
Children who have behaved inappropriately are asked to consider how their behaviour impacted on others.
They are asked to think of how they were feeling when they behaved inappropriately. Next, they are asked to identify the harm they caused, especially to their relationships with other children. They are also asked how they can fix the harm that they have done. Those children affected are asked for their advice about this and agreements are made for the future. The teacher will follow up these issues over a number of weeks to ensure that the agreements are being appropriately adhered to.
Each student is matched with another child and they work together in a variety of activities. Participation in buddy programs enhances children’s cooperative learning behaviours such as taking turns, listening, sharing, praising another’s effort, helping and completing tasks.
‘Circle time’ describes a time when a large group such as the whole class or a smaller cohort meets together to develop a wide range of skills and attitudes such as confidence, self-esteem, listening and problem solving. It is particularly useful for:
- developing trust
- helping a class to develop cohesive relationships
- working on problems such as bullying
- developing children’s awareness of their responsibilities towards others and towards themselves
- exploring new ideas
- developing moral values
- helping children to feel they ‘belong’
- making children feel special and having fun.
Circle time can help children to enjoy learning. It also helps children with their friendships and strengthens the relationship between the teacher and the class. This in turn improves everyone’s experience of school and helps children to get the most out of their school day.
Awards & Recognition
Good behaviours are reinforced through positive recognition such as Principal awards.