Port School creates a caring and supportive environment, fosters positive relationships between staff, students and parents/caregivers/guardians. Our focus is on positive actions that benefit young people and others, prompted by empathy, moral values and a sense of personal responsibility. Staff at all levels encourage, model, teach and collaborate to achieve these sound social skills.
Creating a school environment where how teachers treat students and how students treat each other is part of the learning experience is critically important especially for young adults who have experienced chronic disengagement from learning and often extreme disadvantage.
The Port School Code of Conduct is a statement of intention for students:
- I choose to be here and attend
- I will try to learn and progress
- I take responsibility for my own actions
- I try to have a clear mind and healthy body
- I contribute to this safe, respectful and cooperative community
Staff rewards positive behaviour and work to modify challenging behaviour. Opportunities to practice problem solving, conflict resolution and learn and practice positive social skills are provided daily. Fair and consistent sanctions agreed upon by all community members apply for those who display inappropriate behaviour.
The aim of behaviour management processes is to manage the risk to the school community and all matters will be responded to promptly and in an ongoing manner to protect the integrity and reputation of the school and its students. From the Enrolment Interview to attendance a consistent message of responsibility for self and care for others is conveyed.
Pastoral care of students during the PC period daily and the needs, circumstances, risks of students are addressed at this time. Decisions made and actions agreed upon by staff will maximise self reliance and empowerment and PC provides ongoing time to re-assess needs and review support plans.
Port School’s Behaviour Management Policy and Plan focus on:
- Maximising engagement and communication
- Developing acceptable standards of behaviour
- Taking responsibility for own behaviour
- Staff actively role modelling positive communication and conflict resolution methods
- Incentives and recognition of respectful behaviour being offered
- Promoting peer support
This Policy and Plan are discussed with parents/caregiver/guardian at the enrolment interview with the Principal and the Pastoral Care interview and is available in hard copy from the office.
The Principal of Port is responsible for:
- school operation and policy
- supporting staff in implementing the Behaviour Management Policy
- participating daily in Kids Talk discussions
- following the Code of Conduct
- modelling appropriate behaviours
- recognising and rewarding positive behaviours and student achievement
- school operations including legislative and curriculum requirements
The staff is responsible for being familiar with the Behaviour Management Plan and Code of Conduct as discussed at their Induction Interview and use the Staff Handbook to as a point of reference. They will also:
- facilitate a Pastoral Care group with another staff member
- contribute to daily Kids Talk and maintain the relevant database for this
- apply the Behaviour Management Policy/Plan daily in their classrooms
- create a positive learning environment and be proactive with discipline issues
- recognise and reward positive respectful behaviour and highlight it
- manage inappropriate behaviour and inform parent/guardian/caregivers about it
- maintain the PC database
Students will at all times follow the Port School Code of Conduct and:
- attend classes and work to their best ability
- engage in a safe and non-violent manner
- follow staff instructions promptly which helps create a positive learning environment
- treat others respectfully with regard to assigned tasks and accepting individual differences
- create quiet work spaces allowing others to concentrate and engage
- cooperate to create individual and whole group harmony and productivity
- respect personal and school property and the environment
This group is responsible for:
- communicating basic information regarding being late or absent
- connect with staff, especially the PC teacher, about issues and concerns promptly
- supporting the Port School Behaviour Management Policy as discussed from the pre- enrolment interview