Positive Behaviour Support Program
Vision and Mission of the School
We, the community of St Dympna’s School seek to nurture an environment that is faithful to Jesus. We believe that learning, a lifelong enterprise, is best achieved in an atmosphere that values and celebrates empathy, integrity, justice and reconciliation. We aspire to be a community, living and learning as one, which truly reflects the vision of God’s love for us all.
Our Mission is to seek to achieve this vision by commitment to the ideals of Learning, Faith and Community.
Beliefs and Values
At St Dympna’s, we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning with all its associated interactions remains child-centred and based on Christian values. In fostering the Josephite charism and the spirit of Blessed Mary MacKillop, we place great emphasis on the dignity of all in our community. We believe we must be respectful of the rights, feelings and beliefs of others and it is our responsibility to assist everyone in our community to be the best person they possibly can. We recognise that our students learn and develop in many different ways and through right relationships based on tolerance, respect and understanding.
We want our students to understand that learning is a life-long undertaking and that it can take place in many contexts. Within these contexts, we want to encourage the pursuit of excellence through effort and a positive attitude. We encourage appropriate risk taking and emphasise the importance of learning from our experiences and our mistakes. In working towards this, we will endeavour to create learning environments characterised by trust and acceptance. This will be achieved when all in our community ensure that
the rights of others to feel safe and secure are promoted and respected.
We want our students to believe in themselves as people and as learners, to love learning and to
recognise that they can be happy, contributing and responsible members of our school community. We believe this is best achieved in an environment that values and celebrates integrity, justice and reconciliation. We want them to realise they are integral parts of living and learning partnerships, supported by their teachers, their family and their peers.
“Together we walk in God’s Light.”
The St Dympna’s Positive Behaviour Support Program is designed for use by staff who support the Mission and Vision Statement as well as the shared Beliefs and Values of the school. Our emphasis on recognising positive behaviour is intended to motivate our students to make more appropriate choices. The purpose of the program is to promote the following principles:
The St Dympna’s Positive Behaviour Support Program is based on our Mission and Vision Statement and our shared Beliefs and Values. St Dympna’s has high behavioural expectations and believes in a school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for supporting appropriate student behaviour. It is based on the following rights:
It is designed so that everyone in our school community is aware of our clear, consistent and positive approach to behaviour. While discouraging inappropriate behaviour, we take every opportunity to reinforce positive behaviour. While making children take responsibility for their actions, we look to improve school situations and environments to encourage change and success. While setting clear expectations of acceptable behaviour at St Dympna’s, we use a system of data collection and analysis in a team setting to support children with severe behaviour problems. While applying appropriate consequences in serious circumstances, we use a variety of strategies to continue to educate and support children in making better decisions and choices in the future.
To support and develop positive behaviour, St Dympna’s School will follow:
A clear set of positive expectations and behaviours, based on the key concepts of
“Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful,” and detailed in the School Expectations Matrix.
A "Positive Behaviour" process which focuses on:
Clear procedures for dealing with bullying
Procedures for on-going monitoring and evaluation - focus on the child, the team and data-based decision making
A. BehaviourFrequency CountsBehaviour Data Sheet 2Behaviour Data Sheet 3Interval Recording
B. ChildProblem Behaviour QuestionnaireStudent ProfileProblem Behaviour Questionnaire Form C
C. TeacherFunctional Assessment Form DEnvironmental Inventory Form EPositive Behaviour Team Meeting
D. GoalsStrategies ConsequencesGeneral Strategies Low Level ConsequencesSpecific Social Skills Medium Level ConsequencesIndividual Behaviour Plan High Level Consequences