At East Manjimup we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and secure school environment for all our students and staff.
The school community expects students to:
• be kind, friendly and respect each other.
• respect school and other peoples’ property.
• be on time for class.
• walk on the verandah and pathways.
• always eat food in the correct areas
• respect the school environment and help keep it clean.
• play fair and nicely with each other.
• respect school staff and follow their instructions.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have the RIGHT to:
• respect, courtesy and honesty;
• learn in a purposeful and focussed environment;
• learn and play in a safe, secure, friendly and clean environment
Students have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
• make sure their behaviour is not disruptive to the learning of others;
• help in keeping the school environment neat, tidy and safe;
• make sure they are punctual, polite, prepared and display a positive manner;
• behave in a way that protects the safety and well being of others;
• know and abide by the School Code of Behaviour.
POSITIVE INCENTIVES FOR STUDENTS
Encouragement and Praise: Encouragement is the primary instrument of reinforcement.
Merit Certificates: Given to students for academic achievements at each formal assembly
Values Certificates: Given to students for displaying positive values – one student per class, weekly at mini-assembly
Faction Points: Students earn faction points for good behaviour and are entered into a fortnightly draw for a prize
Attendance Badges : Presented at the start of each term to those students achieving 100% attendance in the preceding term.
FORMAL PROCESS FOR BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT OF YR P-6 STUDENTS
1. Low Key – Use of proximity or verbal reminder
2. Rule Reminder of Whole School/Class Rules
3. Name on Consequence Class Slip (1,2,3 Magic classes – this step equates to a 5 minute in-class time-out)
4. Consequence: Student is sent to ‘Consequence-Class’ with consequence-class slip, reflection sheet and work if required. (Student remains until the end of timetabling block; recess/lunch/home time) Consequence -Class slip behaviour rating given by consequence-class teacher and sent to administration with student. (if time-out behaviour was OK = back to class; if not then in-school detention). Admin have a conference with student. Incident recorded and & note sent home.
5. Consequence Class slips within a week: 2 slips = ½ day in-school suspension (incl breaks)
3 slips = 1 day in-school suspension
4 slips = out of school suspension (parent meeting)
6. Serious incidents: serious misbehaviour should be referred directly to the administration.
The Department of Education defines bullying as; “When an individual or group misuses power to target another individual or group to intentionally harm them on more than one occasion. This may involve verbal, physical, relational and psychological forms of bullying. Teasing or fighting between peers is not necessarily bullying”.
The important points here are that bullying is behaviour that causes hurt intentionally and is repeated. This does not mean that other forms of misbehaviour are tolerated, but it is important that there is a clear distinction between isolated or unintentional acts of harassment and actual bullying because they need to be dealt with in different ways.
DOES BULLYING OCCUR HERE?
Unfortunately bullying occurs to some degree in all schools and we are no exception. However, our incidences of bullying are very low and we have procedures in place to deal with these incidences.
A survey conducted with students strongly indicated that there was widespread confusion about what type of behaviours actually constituted bullying. Students thought that they were being bullied if they were teased or excluded or harassed in anyway and investigation revealed that most of the incidences reported were not bullying but one-off occurrences.
WHAT THE SCHOOL IS DOING
In making our school a safe and secure environment; we do not tolerate bullying in any form and steps and strategies are in place to address bullying issues.
One of these strategies is to develop resilience and independence in our students. It is important for their own development that they are able to deal with minor annoyances themselves, before they involve a staff member. It is also important that students know at what stage a staff member must be involved.
Bullying is something that needs to be dealt with by a staff member but minor harassments can often be dealt with successfully by students themselves, if they are taught how to do so..
WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO?
The posters below are displayed in every class and the steps they contain are taught to students and also regularly reinforced at assemblies.
IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED THIS
IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
If someone is being mean to you then you should:
If they don’t stop, move away
If they follow you and keep on being mean, ask them firmly but politely to stop
If they still won’t stop then go and tell an adult
If the same person or group of people keep on being mean to you and won’t stop then they are being bullies and you must tell your teacher.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is when a person or a group of people hurts you on purpose and it happens more than once.
Types of Bullying
Hurting other people’s bodies
Being nasty by calling names, saying lies about people or saying mean things to them.
Playing mean jokes on someone.
Forcing someone to do something that they don’t want to do.
Stopping someone from doing what they want to do. If you do these things once you are being mean and should stop. If you keep on doing them you are being a BULLY.