St Francis School

(07) 4783 2877

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

A Shared Responsibility

St Francis School is a place that promotes responsibility, respect and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. We recognize that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and as such, all people have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

Our School Code of Conduct exists to
  • Ensure that all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity.
  • To promote a safe, structured learning environment for all children.
  • To maintain an environment where clear and transparent communication enables effective solutions for problems which arise.
  • To promote the safety of all people in our school.
Standards of Behavior

The code of Conduct for St Francis School sets clear standards of behavior that apply to our students as well as all individuals involved in our school community (parents, volunteers, teachers and other staff members). These standards apply whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.

Respect and Responsible Citizenship
All members of the school community must
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions;
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Act reasonably and respect the rights of others;
  • Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
    take appropriate measures to help those in need;
All members of the school community must not
  • Engage in bullying behaviours;
  • Steal
  • Threaten or intimidate another person;
  • Cause injury to any person
  • Commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property of anyone in our school.
Roles and Responsibilities

A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. Active and engaged students are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.


Principals take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school.

They provide this leadership by
  • Demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe teaching and learning environment;
  • Holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behavior and actions;
  • Empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
  • Communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behavior.

Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student
  • Comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
  • Shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority;
  • Follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
Teachers and Other School Staff Members

Under the leadership of their principal, teachers and other school staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behavior.

As role models, teachers and school staff uphold these high standards when they
  • Help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
  • Enpower students to be positive leaders in the classroom, school and community;
  • Communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
  • Maintain consistent standards of behavior for all students
  • Demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers and the members of the school community;
  • Prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.

Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students,

Parents fulfill their role when they
  • Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
  • Communicate regularly with the school
  • Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
  • Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • Show that they are familiar with the Code of Conduct and the school rules;
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behavior;
  • Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child.

Behaviour Management Procedures in our School

Our Behaviour Management Procedures are based on the beliefs that
  • All students have the right to learn without disturbance
  • All teachers have the right to teach without distraction
  • All members of our school community have the right to feel safe in our school
  • There are clear and consistent consequences for children who choose to disturb the learning and teaching of others
In the classroom
  • Teachers have clear Rules of Behaviour in their classroom which are appropriate to the age of the students. These are on display for students and applied consistently.
  • By far the majority of students try hard to do their best and behave well. They will be rewarded for their good behaviour.
  • Minor instances of misbehaviour will be dealt with by teachers in the classroom.
  • Students who choose to behave in such a way that they deliberately and seriously disturb the teaching and learning in the classroom will be removed from the classroom to allow effective learning to continue for other students in the class
Removal from the Classroom
  • The first time a child is removed from a classroom they will be sent to another class with a Think Sheet and asked to reflect on their behaviour. They will remain in the other class until the next break when they will return to their teacher to discuss their Think Sheet and negotiate their re-entry to the class. Students will bring the Think Sheet home that night for a Parent Signature and need to return it to school the next day.
  • Parents are asked to support the school by discussing with their children how they can avoid being removed from class in future and signing the form so that it can be returned the following day.
  • If a child does not return the Think Sheet signed by their parents the day after the incident, parents will be contacted to arrange an interview of the parent and child with the Principal.
  • The same procedures will apply for any subsequent removal from class. If, however, a student is removed from class more than twice in a two week time span, parents will be contacted to work with the school to develop a process to assist students act appropriately in class. 
In the playground
  • Teachers will explain rules of behaviour to children in their classes
  • Minor instances of misbehaviour will be dealt with by teachers on duty.
  • Serious misbehaviour will result in students being sent to the Office. 


Principal: Mr Bill Goodwin

99 Edwards Street
Ayr QLD 4807

P: (07) 4783 2877
F: (07) 4783 3978

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