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Positive behaviour support


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a way of working, supporting and teaching students how to hehave approopriately in our school setting.  The key to PBS is focusing on what is being done well by the student/s, and providing positive feedback to the student/s about these safe, respectful and best effort behaviours.  PBS also corrects inappropriate behaviours and explicitly teaches students how they need to behave in order to be successful and achieve in the school enviroment.

Kruger State School has three major expectations – Be safe, Be Respectful and Best Effort.

It is expected that children who are proud of their school, their family and themselves will, at all times, display consideration for others in school, in the playground and on the way to and from school.  They will show respectful behaviour towards school staff, parent helpers and visitors.

Students in all classes are taught weekly focused lessons on the school expectations.

Behaviour Support is firm, though fair and just.  Children are encouraged to become self motivated, to develop responsibility, and to be cooperative.  They are also introduced to the need for responsible leadership as an integral part of their overall development.  The responsible behaviour plan for students (DOC, 1404 KB) guides our approach to providing a safe learning environment.

The safety of our students is imperative in the school. We have a management plan for playground and classroom that provides a supportive environment for our students.

Students who are respectful, safe and give their best effort are rewarded through a range of positives such as gotchas, awards, free time, praise etc.

Playground infringements are dealt with by a “blue card” system. Students engaging in unsafe or bullying behaviour are sent to a designated classroom for the play time. Withdrawal time depends on the seriousness of the actions as judged by the teacher/teacher aide on duty.

Students are supported to uphold the Kruger Expectations and failure to do so may result in time in Break Space, Buddy Class.  For major misbehaviours student are referred to the Deputy Principal using an "orange card".  Parents will be contacted when necessary. 

Supervised play

Students who receive a number of ‘blue cards’ are moved into supervised play.  The supervising teachers set a program to reintegrate the student back into the playground with increased skills and strategies so he/she plays safely.

Teachers have a series of strategies and teaching tools for enabling children to take ownership and control of their own behaviour by being taught a range of social and personal skills that they will need to have a successful and happy time in the school environment. We will be teaching specific skills such as:

  • listening and inviting others to listen

  • turn taking

  • lining up with your friends

  • solving your problems using the “High Five”

The teaching of these skills will allow for all children to have common understandings about the expectations of being a student at Kruger State School and contributing positively to the Kruger Team.

Suspension and exclusion

In extreme cases, the school Principal may use the suspension or exclusion process. This process is a formal one and is recorded in our school files. The use of the suspension system occurs for approximately 3% of students each year. Exclusion occurs very rarely.

These measures are taken when all other methods of support have failed to modify the behaviour of the student or when his/her behaviour escalates quickly to become a danger to him/her or to the safety of other students. The safety of all students is the highest priority in our school.

Parents are notified as soon as possible to enable them to make arrangements that need to be made to take the student out of the school for the specified period of time.