Behaviour in the Classroom

In both Primary and Secondary School, the following expectations must be met:

  • When waiting for a teacher outside a classroom, students are expected to wait quietly in two orderly lines, allowing room for other students and staff to move past to their next class freely and not interfering with their safe passage. Students must not enter any room without the relevant teacher’s permission.

  • When other staff or visitors enter the classroom, students are to stand as a mark of respect and welcome them appropriately.

  • If a teacher is more than five minutes late, a class representative should go to the Primary or Secondary School Office to report the teacher’s absence.

  • Eating, drinking (other than water), or chewing is not permitted in any classroom.

  • Paper scraps, or any other item, must not be thrown around, dropped, or left on the floor.

  • School property and that belonging to others, must be respected and should be cared for properly. Students will be required to clean, replace or pay for any item as a result of deliberate damage or defacement.

  • “Liquid Paper” in bottles and spirit-based felt pens are prohibited from use by students and may not be brought to school at any time. Teachers may supply these items if they are needed for specialist in-class activities.

  • Mobile telephones and personal sound devices must not be brought to class or used during break times. Digital storage media must be free from files that contain inappropriate or offensive content. Students should label their devices clearly and are personally responsible for their property.

  • Valuable items should not be brought to school and, if so, are brought to the school at the student’s own risk. Items of value that must be brought onto the school grounds should be left at the Primary or Secondary Office for safekeeping until they are required.

  • At the end of each lesson, students are reminded that they may not leave until dismissed by the teacher.

  • All students must be familiar with the emergency evacuation procedures. These are posted in each classroom and must not be marked or altered in any way.

Classroom Discipline Procedures in Primary School

The Primary Behaviours for Learning identify the behaviours required to support our School Values of Care, Citizenship and Excellence. Behaviour management strategies are incorporated in all classroom and learning activities. Additionally, students are supported through programs such as Rock and Water, Zones of Regulation and the Kindergarten to Year 6 Wellbeing program.

However, students can require prompting when their behaviour falls out of line with expectations. Incidents can occur, and staff determine whether a first, second and third warning is required or behaviours are escalated to the involvement of the Primary School Leadership team, i.e. Stage Coordinator, Deputy Director of Wellbeing or Head of Primary.

Consequences within a classroom setting can include completing work in break times, a short time out period or a conversation with parents about what has occurred and teacher concerns.