Consistent, caring adults are important for children’s healthy development. A child’s social and emotional skills take time to develop and are helped along with the guidance of patient, caring adults. The role of adults in supporting children’s social-emotional development is critical and lays the foundation for their future health and development. When children feel safe and close to the adults in their lives, they learn to have more trust and confidence.

In line with Warnbro Primary School’s Behaviour Management Policy, our approach to ‘Good Standing’ has been shaped by the Department of Education’s Student Behaviour policy requirements, Keeping our Workplace Safe initiative and associated WA Positive Behaviour Support framework. As such, ‘Good Standing’ at Warnbro Primary School is an educative behaviour improvement strategy.

What is ‘Good Standing’?

Good Standing acknowledges and rewards exemplary student attitude, behaviour, effort, work ethic and citizenship. It reinforces The Positive Behaviour Support Framework and Social Skills Programs, which explicitly teach and support The Warnbro Primary School’s expectations of Respect, Excellence, Responsibility and Safety within the school as a whole.

We believe that learning is enhanced in a welcoming, inclusive, collaborative, caring environment which emphasises the importance of students taking responsibility for the choices that they make on a daily basis. These choices impact academically and socially on themselves and others.

The adult community of Warnbro Primary School has an obligation to strive, actively and positively, to put in place the preventative, pro-active and responsive support required for every student to be able to meet the expectations and gain the benefits of ‘Good Standing’.

The students of the Warnbro Primary School community have an obligation to develop behaviour that consistently meets our school’s expectations of Respect, Excellence, Responsibility and Safety, and so gain the benefits of ‘Good Standing’.

Process

All students commence with and retain good standing while exhibiting behaviours that align with the school’s values and beliefs, as articulated in the school’s behaviour policy. It is the responsibility of each student to maintain their Good Standing.

Acknowledgement of Good Standing

All students who maintain their Good Standing for the term will receive a Good Standing certificate.

Students who maintain Good Standing for the whole year will receive a letter of commendation from the principal in recognition of their positive code of conduct.

Loss of Good Standing

Loss of good standing occurs after a suspension or series of behaviours that are not aligned with the school’s student behaviour expectations. These behaviours include, but are not limited to:

  • starting a fight
  • making physical contact with the intention to harm another student or staff member
  • verbal abuse towards staff members
  • videoing a fight in the grounds of the school or off‑site where there is reasonable nexus between the incident and the school.

Loss of good standing will be discussed and reviewed by class teachers in clusters and then referred to the line managers. When instant action is required it will be taken directly to the line manager.

Notification process

Parents of students who are at risk of losing their Good Standing will be contacted by class teachers.

If a student loses their Good Standing, parents will be contacted by classroom teachers or the school administration by phone or in writing.

Consequences of Losing Good Standing

  • Students who lose their good standing will lose the privilege to participate in various events throughout the school year, for example Faction or Class reward activities, excursions, incursions, camps, or represent the school in academic, choir, sporting, social or cultural teams;
  • Student leadership positions will be revoked.
  • Students will lose the privilege to participate in activities where the safety of other students is a concern.

This should involve a discussion with the student and/or their parent/carer to highlight the issues that led to the loss of good standing.

Re-instate good standing

  • Implement a restorative and educative return to school process to re‑establish positive behaviour.
  • Develop a re‑entry and/or individual behaviour plan focusing on the identified areas for improvement citing strategies, milestones and desired outcomes.
  • Re‑instate a student’s good standing after such period as decided by the principal.
  • The classroom teacher and a member of the executive team will discuss with the child what behaviours are required to regain good standing.
  • Students will regain their Good Standing after a five-week period and will have a restorative conversation with a member of the Executive Team upon its reinstatement 

The Good Standing Policy is a part of, and works in conjunction with, the whole school Behaviour Management Plan and the Department of Education’s Keeping our Workplace Safe initiative.