It is important that our school has rules as they help ensure the smooth running of the school. Our seven golden rules are:
1. We speak politely to everyone in school.
2. We listen attentively to each other.
3. We take care of our school and everything in it.
4. We move around school quietly and sensibly.
5. We play nicely and show consideration for others.
6. We always tell the truth.
7. We always do our best.
Our aim is to help children develop into well-adjusted adults at peace with themselves and with the world around them. This requires our children to aim for the twin objectives of developing a positive self-image and also a sense of self-discipline.
Self discipline in children is promoted by a well ordered day; demands which are appropriate to each child’s ability and the expectation that children will gradually take more responsibility for their own actions.
We operate a ‘Positive Behaviour’ policy which has a focus on how to behave positively through a merit system. There are tiers of rewards cards so acknowledgement for positive behaviour is measured in a quantifiable way.
Children receive ”gotchas” which go towards the merit system and a fortnightly raffle where a small prize is won.
Rules in the school are few. They are designed so that children know what they are expected to do to ensure harmony and security for everybody, as well as caring for the building and its surroundings. The rules are displayed around the school and are constantly reinforced.
Poor behaviour is first reprimanded quietly and individually. Repetition is accompanied by loss of privileges, depending on what is most effective with the child. Persistent bad behaviour is treated by asking parents to come to discuss the problem, with a view to agreeing plans to effect improvement. We have a clear reward and sanction system in place.
We promote the development of self esteem, offering support to children who need it through our Learning Mentor. Our House Point System develops the sense of responsibility across the school.
We take bullying of any kind very seriously. School should be a place where children can feel safe and secure.
Our key message to children is that everyone in school should feel happy and safe. If this is jeopardised by an individual, then agreed sanctions are followed.
Bullying can take many forms, icluding cyber bullying. It can be both physical and emotional. We do our best to be vigilant and to intervene immediately.
Sometimes children do not report incidents to us and we rely on parents to assist us by informing us of their children’s fears or worries. Communication is the key to ensuring that bullying does not take place.
Children will ‘fall-out’ from time-to-time and many incidents can be sorted out by talking to the children involved. However, we are vigilant for patterns, where children appear regularly, either as ‘aggressors’ or ‘victims’.
In both cases, we do our best to involve parents at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss possible solutions. The situation is monitored on a regular basis as a means of preventing further incidents occurring.
Link to anti-bullying policy