Conduct and Behaviour

OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL | 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


We want all children to feel and be safe at our school. Our behaviour management procedures protect the dignity of the human person and reflects our pastoral care for students. We strive to provide a safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning environment that promotes student wellbeing.


We model the Mercy values in our interactions with one another, in our work and in our play. Our behaviour management procedures are based on strong relationships and pastoral care for our students. Appropriate behaviour is also explicitly taught in all classes.


There may be times when students need additional support and guidance. When children receive a reflection sheet or a major behaviour card, we remind children that God has made them special and unique and that God loves them and has given them the power through the Holy Spirit to make good choices.


Our OLOM community also has a Code of Conduct. By working together in a school-parent partnership, we can all help and guide children to grow and flourish as good people.


Above all, we treat each other and resolve matters with gentleness and integrity.


God bless you all.


Ondine Komnick

Principal

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Children are explicitly taught appropriate behaviour

Appropriate behaviour is explicitly taught in all classes through our Student Code of Conduct, Religious Education program and our virtues program called Aussie Optimism. Children are taught strategies to regulate their emotions through our Mindfulness program.


Students receive OLOM's Student Code of Conduct booklet, which explains the Mercy values and behaviours that we live by every day. Our values are frequently discussed and reinforced at school so that children understand what is expected of them.


  1. Respect yourself, others and property (school and environment)
  2. Be kind and courteous at all times
  3. Listen to your teachers and follow directions quickly
  4. Be safe, play safe
  5. Abide by Our Lady of Mercy school’s values and behaviours

Our OLOM Community also has a Code of Conduct

As adults, we are all role models to the children. The OLOM Code of Conduct applies to staff and parents alike. We treat each other and resolve matters with gentleness and integrity. The Community Code of Conduct is in the Parent Handbook.


Our Code of Conduct promotes positive work practices and establishes expectations for personal and professional boundaries concerning appropriate and inappropriate behaviour for staff, students, volunteers, parents, guardians and visitors.


There are clear procedures for raising concerns, facilitating discussion and promoting professional behaviour and healthy relationships to make good decisions that are in the best interests of the child.


  1. Act safely and competently.
  2. Students’ safety and well-being is prioritised.
  3. Follow the values of the Gospel.
  4. Abide by laws, agreements and policies.
  5. Respect each member of the school community.
  6. Personal information is private and confidential.
  7. Provide honest and accurate information about your child.
  8. Partner with the school in educating your child.
  9. Behave to preserve the trust of the school community.
  10. Maintain the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church
  11. Act ethically.
  12. Students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being.

Class teachers and children draft their Classroom Rules

Each class teacher drafts a set of classroom rules with children at the commencement of the year to ensure community ownership of these rules. Teachers consistently strive to build into their classroom behaviour management, positive strategies and procedures which support a predictable and inclusive environment.
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Children are taught the Playground Rules

At recess and lunch staff are active participants in the life of the playground and are identifiable through the yellow or orange vests and duty bags that they carry. Staff are consistently moving around the playground, inter-acting positively and supporting the social development of our students. Staff encourage appropriate behaviours and take action every time they see inappropriate behaviour to ensure that we consistently apply the rules and set high expectations of our students.

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We acknowledge appropriate behaviour

We acknowledge appropriate behaviour through our merit awards which are given for demonstrating a Mercy Value in our school. We also provide faction tokens to students who show Mercy Values in the playground and a special Mercy Value certificate is given to 6 students at the end of each term, who have demonstrated a Mercy value in the classroom.

Children understand who to approach for help

There are many people here at school to help and support the children. This includes all members of our staff, as well as other children. Children can come and talk to us.
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Meanness and bullying are not tolerated

Arguments happen, and children need to develop the skills to resolve conflicts and say sorry. However, meanness and bullying are unacceptable and will dealt with via our Behaviour Management processes.


The school will not tolerate bullying, harassment, aggression and violence.

Bullying may take the form of spoken, written, electronic or cyber actions.


Bullying includes behaviours that may be:

  • verbal like put-downs, threats
  • physical like hitting, tripping, punching, stealing
  • social like ignoring, hiding, ostracizing
  • psychological like threatening looks, spreading rumours, damaging possessions, stalking.
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Red Card issued as and when disruptive behaviour occurs

Children are taught that respecting others shows respect for one's self. Good sportsmanship when we play is a form of respect. Children will be given a Red Card for disruptive behaviour, or for inappropriate physical or verbal behaviour while playing games. This is signed by the parent and returned to school. Please discuss the importance of respect with your child.
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A Reflection Card is issued for minor behaviour incidents

Minor behaviours includes inappropriate physical and verbal behaviour and not working. There are Junior and Senior versions of the card. Should consistent misbehaviour occur, the teacher will request a parent interview.


The minor behaviour process is:

  1. Issue first warning and redirect the student to appropriate behaviours.
  2. Issue second warning, remove student from the group for five minutes to reflect and review. Speak with the child privately about their behaviour before returning them to the group
  3. Issue third warning, remove from group. Student to complete a Reflection Card which needs to be signed by the parent. This then needs to be returned to the class teacher.
  4. Recorded in SEQTA and on Student Behaviour Sheet.


Reflection Sheet behaviours include:


  • Rudeness
  • Annoying and distracting others
  • Avoiding work
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Bad language
  • Littering
  • Refusing to follow an instruction
  • Missing part of class time
  • Graffiti
  • Unsafe behaviour
  • Disrespect
  • Out of class or off school grounds without permission
  • Consistently not following rules
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A Major Behaviour Card issued for serious behaviour incidents

Where a serious incident occurs, a Major Behaviour Card may be issued immediately. The child will be sent to the office to speak to the Assistant Principal or Principal and the parents contacted to discuss the issue.


If a child receives a Major Behaviour card three times, then parents need to attend a meeting with the Principal.
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A major behaviour incident is serious

A major behaviour incident includes:


  • Violating the rights of others
  • Putting others or self at risk of harm
  • Requiring involvement of the Principal


Working together as a school-parent partnership is the best way to address concerns about a child's behaviour.

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Dealing with concerns

If parents have an issue or concern regarding the child’s schooling:


  1. Make an appointment with the classroom teacher.
  2. If you are not happy with the outcome of the meeting with the teacher, notify the teacher and make an appointment to see the Assistant Principal.
  3. If you are still not satisfied with the outcome, make an appointment to see the Principal.
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