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Swansea High School

Swansea High School

Respect, Responsibility and Ready to Learn

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Positive behaviour for learning

PBL stands for Positive Behaviour for Learning.

It is a problem solving framework that addresses: social, behavioural and academic outcomes. It is a consistent and user friendly school-wide system of support that helps define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours, creating a positive school environment.

To ensure the growth and awareness of the system we have clear reward structures in place to recognise students who demonstrate our values on a regular basis as well as an intervention structure to assist those experiencing difficulty.

All expected behaviours are mapped against our school vision and associated values of, Respect, Responsibility and Ready to Learn. Our Student Representative Council, Peer Mediators and student volunteers convene regularly to develop, consult and deliver expectations for student behaviour. Furthermore, our students are involved in the intervention process, conducting a peer interview with students who are identified as experiencing  difficulty meeting our school values and associated behavioural standards.

Currently we are working on developing clear, positively stated expectations for all class settings. Again, students will be involved, conducting peer surveys, forums and consulting with the community on what a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) classroom will look like, sound like and feel like.

School values

Values are taught in the classroom to help our students to:

  • develop a love of learning
  • pursue excellence and high standards
  • develop care and respect for themselves and others
  • take pride in their work
  • exhibit a strong sense of fairness and social justice
  • have respect for and understanding of Australia's history including the cultures and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of Australia, and Australia as a multicultural society
  • have an appreciation of Australia's history and multicultural society
  • actively participate as citizens.

All students are expected to:

  • attend school every day, unless they are legally excused
  • be in class on time and prepared to learn
  • maintain a neat appearance and follow the school uniform policy
  • behave safely, considerately and responsibly including when travelling to and from school
  • follow class rules, speak courteously and cooperate with instructions and learning activities
  • treat staff, other students and members of the school community with dignity and respect
  • care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others.

Any behaviour that infringes on other people's safety such as harassment, bullying or any illegal behaviour will not be tolerated at our school.

Commendation Scheme

Students at Swansea High are recognized for their efforts and achievements in a variety of ways. We operate on a Positive Behaviour for Learning model and are working towards balancing at least four positive comments to each negative or correctional comment.

As well as verbal praise and classroom recognition, the following table provides a summary of the whole school strategies used to provide encouragement and recognition.