Behaviour Policy


At St Ita’s School, our aim is to create a welcoming and caring environment in which all members of the school community respect and uphold the dignity of each person.
We acknowledge that each member of our school community has certain basic rights. With these rights come certain responsibilities. Schools are complicated social systems, but if we expect and trust the fact that we have rights, then we must also acknowledge that we all have a responsibility to follow a behaviour code that fits with those rights.We acknowledge the responsibility of parents and teachers to teach appropriate behaviour through a positive management approach.In the event of breaching the behaviour code, appropriate consequences shall be determined appropriate to the student’s age.
Students will also be made aware that they will be rewarded for positive behaviours in the classrooms and the playground.
Guidelines for Implementation
At the beginning of each year, all teachers will formulate their vision statement for their teaching area and will also discuss what are inappropriate behaviours and what would be the logical consequences. These will be posted on the wall of each teaching area. Parents will also receive a copy.
The following steps are followed in all the teaching areas.
Step One
A child who is behaving inappropriately is asked to step aside by a peer, teacher or school officer. The child is made aware of the offending behaviour and is reminded that it is inappropriate. The pair then return to their work quietly.
Step Two
If the child chooses to continue with the offending behaviour, then the teacher asks the child to step outside, reminds them of their choices and sits the child in time out within the classroom.
Step Three
If time-out is ineffective and the child continues to disrupt, she/he is sent to another teaching area and is asked to complete a behaviour profile sheet. The sheet is signed by the teacher, taken home to be sighted and signed by a parent and returned to the teacher. When this occurs, a note is made of the offending behaviour and the consequence. The principal then keeps the ‘Behaviour Report’ sheet.
Step Four
When a child has accumulated two ‘Behaviour Report’ sheets within a short period of time the parents are notified and a meeting is arranged between the parents, teacher, Principal and child. Appropriate consequences are then determined on a case-by-case basis.
Playground behaviours
A process similar to the above 4 step process will be followed in the playground except that the inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with by the teacher on duty for Steps 1 and 2. If a child reaches Step 3, the child’s class teacher will be informed so that upon being reported the child will complete a “ Behaviour Report” sheet. When a child has accumulated two “Behaviour Report” sheets, the parents are notified and a meeting is arranged between the parents, teacher, Principal and child.
Severe behaviours
Occasionally, severe behaviours will be noted that require a more serious action.
These include:


· Bullying

· Theft

· Vandalism

· Graffiti

· Fighting

· Disrespect to staff

When behaviours such as this occur, the parents are notified immediately by letter or telephone call. The consequences will usually be agreed upon by the Principal and the student. Parents will be made aware of the consequence.
Possible consequences
  • constructive lunchtime detention e.g. acts of community service (cleaning, picking up litter, tidying up)
  • exclusion from school excursions, camps, interschool representation
  • internal school suspension