We believe that every child has the right to learn and that every teacher has the right to teach.
The effective education of our students requires a school environment in which students can feel safe, secure, happy and have maximum opportunity to learn. Westbrook School takes pride in creating and maintaining a school environment which contributes to academic and social growth.
We want Westbrook School to be a place where children, parents, and educators work together to create an atmosphere which encourages and promotes learning. Effective discipline comes from the belief that teaching students to take responsibility for their behaviour is as much the job of the school as is teaching literacy and numeracy, and is more important than simply enforcing the rules. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary for every student to know and follow the expectations and policies regarding discipline and supervision.
The Westbrook Way is a set of school-wide values which all staff and students are expected to follow. These values are reinforced by staff at every opportunity, including through units of work, in the daily notices, in the Options Room, and at assemblies and team gatherings.
Students are expected to follow the WESTBROOK WAY by:
· Showing courtesy and respect toward members of the school community.
· Ensuring that their behaviour is not disruptive to the learning of others.
· Ensuring that the school environment is kept neat, tidy and secure.
· Ensuring that they are punctual, polite, prepared and display a positive manner.
· Behaving in a way that protects the health, safety and wellbeing of others and themselves.
· Displaying respect for the property of others, the school buildings and facilities.
To encourage positive behaviour, and help children to be clearly aware of what is acceptable both in and out of the classroom, the school will have:
· A set of expectations that protect the rights of all the individuals.
· A clear set of consequences for pupils who do not accept their responsibilities and follow the expectations, so that they are encouraged to recognise and respect the rights of others.
· Procedures in place so that conflicts can be resolved in a positive, non-violent manner.
· A reward system to recognize and celebrate positive behaviour.
In The Classroom: Classroom expectations are clearly displayed in each class. The Click Card incentive scheme is used school wide. Pupils are rewarded with one click each day if they follow the expectations and remain on a green card. At the end of a "green week", students also get an extra click. Pupils progress throughout the year through a set of 4 click cards receiving a reward and certificate for each completed card. In addition, teachers include positive incentives, both intrinsic and extrinsic, in their own classroom behaviour management plan. Teachers have also received training in Restorative Thinking Practices and may utilize approaches such as restorative chats, circle time and restorative class conferences, where necessary to repair harm that has been done by students in their class, and work to repair relationships and reconnect his/her students. If a pupil fails to follow the classroom expectations, the following progression of consequences may be applied: · Their green card will be turned to orange. They are given a warning and verbal redirection. (Children can still earn a click by the end of the day if their behavior improves markedly, following this first warning. This is at the teacher’s discretion). The orange card will be turned to yellow. They are given a verbal redirection and a 10 minute time-out in class. · The yellow card will be replaced with a black card. They are given a verbal redirection and 30 minutes isolation in an exchange class. A letter will be sent home to the parents with a return slip so that the school knows it has been read. A meeting may be requested to discuss the pupil’s inappropriate behaviour. A copy of the letter will also be given to the senior teacher of the child’s year group and the Associate Principal. · The black card will be replaced with a red card. Immediate withdrawal from the classroom follows. Parents will be notified and may be asked to collect their child from school. A meeting will be requested to discuss the pupil’s inappropriate behaviour.
Children are expected to follow the WESTBROOK WAY and may be rewarded with praise or a "green slip" by the teacher on duty, or other teachers for observing playground rules, assisting others, etc. Green slips go into a lucky draw at school assemblies where children have the chance to choose from the prize box if their name is drawn. If a pupil fails to follow the expectations the following progression of consequences may be applied: · Warning and verbal redirection by the duty teacher. A restorative chat may be facilitated by the duty teacher. · The child is sent to the Options Room for a specific time period to reflect on behaviour. The pupil’s name, class and a brief description of the incident is recorded in the duty notebook and the Options Room book. The teacher on duty in the Options Room may facilitate a restorative chat or allow the child "time-out" to cool down. · The Associate Principal will communicate with parents/caregivers if offences are repeated or are of a serious nature.
Guidelines for Setting up Individual Behaviour Plans
Individual behaviour plans may be established when a student requires additional support to meet their individual needs or manage their behaviour. Parents will be informed and engaged in this process. Individual behaviour plans will be documented to make clear the behavioural issues that are being addressed, the desired outcomes, strategies to be used and the effectiveness of the strategies and the personnel and/or agencies involved.
Stand Downs and Suspensions
Every effort will be made to support and help pupils follow the Westbrook Way. In cases of either constant or continuous misbehaviour or of serious misbehaviour (violence , abusing a teacher or placing other students in danger), the pupil may be stood down or suspended, in accordance with the guidelines as set out by the Ministry of Education. The school cannot teach this personal responsibility alone. Parents and caregivers also have an essential role to play in assisting the school to maintain high standards of behaviour. They have a duty to take responsibility for the behaviour of their child. A shared understanding of what constitutes an acceptable standard of behaviour is essential to the success of any partnership. Good communication links are also essential and parental support in our efforts will result in the best possible learning environment for all pupils. This will show children that the home and school work cooperatively.