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Behaviour Management

Behaviour Management

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) 

In 2021, St Francis began to review behaviour management practices across the school, commencing the development of a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) approach. We value an inclusive approach to student behaviour support and our approach is grounded in Catholic values. At St Francis we place great emphasis on the wellbeing of students and staff and we are uniquely positioned to positively influence wellbeing by fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve. 

Much work has been completed to date, with more to come. 

What is PB4L and why is St Francis implementing it?

The Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) framework is being introduced to underpin our behaviour support, procedures and data collection by using evidence-based practices and data-informed decision-making for safe, respectful and inclusive behaviours. 

We believe that positive behaviour can be taught and with support, all students can develop self-management skills and social-emotional competence. Positive Behaviour for Learning enables staff to respond effectively with a continuum of student support at ​universal prevention, targeted intervention, and intensive personalised tiers.

When we work together to do this well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships, teaching and learning. Students and staff benefit from:

  • Increased respectful and positive behaviour
  • Increased time focused on teaching and learning
  • Improved social and emotional wellbeing 
  • Positive and respectful relationships among students, staff and parents 
  • Increased adoption of evidence-based practices and supports 
  • A predictable learning environment with improved perceptions of safety and increased attendance

Our approach is intertwined with our Catholic Identity through the use of the framework The Good Samaritan’s P.A.T.H. P.A.T.H. stands for

  • Persist with Learning
  • Act Safely
  • Treat all with Respect
  • Help your Neighbour
P.A.T.H. Behaviour Matrix

The St Francis P.A.T.H. Behaviour Matrix details what P.A.T.H. means in the different areas of the school. The matrix details the basic expectations for areas of school life - arriving/departing school, classroom, playground, toilets, assemblies and liturgies, while eating, when using ICTs etc. 

St Francis Catholic School Behaviour Matrix, The Good Samaritan's P.A.T.H

P.A.T.H Notes

P.A.T.H. notes form the basis of our positive behaviour reward system.  Students can receive P.A.T.H. notes both in the classroom and on the playground.  Students put their P.A.T.H. notes into a box in the Office and go into the weekly draw. Each week the P.A.T.H. notes are also inputted into the Compass Student Management System so parents can see when a P.A.T.H. note is awarded so that you can share in your child’s success. These notes accumulate so that students are eligible for a Principal’s Award. 

P.A.T.H. Awards

P.A.T.H. Awards are given at Assembly to those students who are demonstrating the P.A.T.H. expectations in their classroom. 

5 Step Classroom Behaviour Support Plan

This plan assists students and staff to respond to behaviours that may occur in the classroom. Students who reach Step 4 of the plan will then attend their Buddy Class which means reflection time in another classroom. Parents will receive a Compass Notification should their child attend Buddy Class and are invited to discuss the concerns with the classroom teacher. Continued inappropriate behaviour will result in an Office Referral to a member of the Leadership Team. 

Referral Steps, The Good Samaritan's P.A.T.H