School Values

Preamble

The school believes students learn best when they feel safe, valued and happy. Our staff is committed to providing an environment that nurtures personal growth and self-esteem. All members of the school community have rights and responsibilities and these are best ensured when agreed procedures are accepted and followed. Primary school students are developing appropriate ways to interact with others. The school and its community share the responsibility to assist students in learning appropriate behaviours.

School Values

Eltham North Primary School has in place a set of core values that underpin the vision of the school. The values are unique to our school in that they have been developed by parents, staff and students, however, they are all linked through their direct relationship to the nine core values of Australian schools as outlined in the National Framework for Values Education.

ENPS is a caring school and we have defined four key values using the acronymn 'CARE'

COOPERATION: 'Sharing and learning together'. Cooperation is working together in a team, contributing and sharing in a helpful way.

ACHIEVEMENT: 'Persist and try your best'. Achievement is striving to attain your personal goals, persisting and giving your best effort.

RESPECT: 'Respect each other and our environment'. Respect involves taking responsibility for each other. Respect is speaking to and interacting with others in a courteous manner. It is about being honest, reliable and trustworthy.

EMPATHY: 'Treat others with care and compassion'. Empathy means trying to understand other people's views or feelings and being supportive and caring towards them.

We believe that values education is an integral part of our school and as such needs to be clearly reflected in school policies, codes of conduct and school documentation. These core values are the cornerstone on which we build our vision and underpin all that we do.

At Eltham North Primary School we have a commitment to provide a safe, caring and supportive environment that focuses on the needs and emotional well being of all students. Our Student Code of Conduct and welfare management practices, based on DET guidelines, aims to foster a whole school climate where personal responsibility and self-discipline are developed. This code acknowledges the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, which supports racial and religious tolerance and prohibits vilification on the ground of race or religion.

Parents have an obligation to support the school in its efforts to implement the Student Code of Conduct. The Principal and staff have an obligation to implement the Student Code of Conduct in a fair and consistent manner.

Students, staff and parents develop a clear understanding of the school’s policies, expectations, rights and responsibilities and rules, all of which reflect the School Values. Students are empowered to assess their own behaviour and develop strategies to act in a responsible manner. They look at how their learning is going to make a difference and how it will affect other people.

We believe that norms and expectations rather than rules will frame student behaviour. The notion of resiliency is embodied in our school values:

  • Cooperation
  • Achievement
  • Respect
  • Empathy

The foundation of resiliency is focused on how the child adapts and builds healthy relationships. A profile of resiliency includes social competence, problem solving skills, autonomy and a sense of purpose and future. Each of the school values is supported by the notion of protective factors, These include: care and support, positive expectations, participation and involvement

Shared Expectations

Eltham North PS has developed shared expectations to ensure that the learning, safety and rights of all are respected.

The expectations are intended to be positive in that they set out what is accepted and appropriate behaviours for our school community.

Our shared expectations are intended to support individual students and families that come to our community from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

Our STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Download a copy of our Student Code of Conduct

Our STATEMENT OF VALUES: Promoting a healthy, safe and respectful school community

Download a copy of our Statement of Values

Discipline Procedures

There is an obligation for the Principal and staff to implement the Student Code of Conduct policy fairly and consistently with support from parents and students. Strategies for dealing with student behaviour that is not consistent with classroom or playground norms will include: 

  • Teachers to make initial judgments about the time and manner of intervention when student behaviour is inappropriate
  • Students are encouraged to solve problems themselves and if appropriate be directed to other students to assist in strategies to resolve the problems
  • Discussion and / or negotiation of logical consequences with the students
  • Thinking time to reflect on their behaviour in their own classroom or another agreed setting 

Serious misconduct will be directed to the area coordinators. Serious misconduct, especially where such actions are dangerous, repeated or prevent others from learning, may lead to suspension/expulsion in line with Department of Education guidelines.

Behavioural Consequences

To promote cooperation students will:

Cooperation is difficult when a student:

  • Appropriate responses to minor/initial incidents
  • Major or Repeated Incidents
  • Consider other classmates needs
  • Think of ways for everyone to have a turn
  • Encourage everyone to have a say
  • Always has to be first
  • Refuses to take turns
  • Ignores the ideas of others
  • Speak to child
  • Student to reflect on the incident (student incident report may be completed)
  • Reflection Sheet may allow opportunity for student to take responsibility for actions and repair damage done to people or property.
  • Parents contacted
  • Withdrawal of privileges, with explanation of how behavior impacts on others
  • Behavior Management Plan
  • Student Support Group
  • In-school suspension

Students at Eltham North PS are expected to play safely, show respect, learn, be honest, care for others and be responsible members of the school community.

Teachers may require a student to finish school work which has not been completed in the regular classroom, or to undertake   additional or new work or duties at a reasonable time and place. No more than half the time allocated for any recess or lunch break will be used for this work.

Where students are required to undertake   school work out of school hours, the time will not exceed forty-five minutes. The principal will ensure that parents are informed at least 24 hours prior   to the out of school hours detention.

Eltham North Primary is permitted by DET regulations to detain students but will take into account family   circumstances and negotiate with parents where appropriate. Where family circumstances are such that the completion of work would create undue hardship, the principal may choose to negotiate alternative disciplinary measures with parents.

A Program Support Group may be convened by the school to exchange information and facilitate solutions to the behavioral problems or difficulties of students. In general, PSGs will be convened at the school, although they could occur at an alternative location agreed to by the school and parents.

Summary

Student learning is fostered in an environment that promotes success and is concerned with the welfare of every student. Students develop a positive attitude towards learning and a feeling of self-worth as they are encouraged to view themselves as being competent and responsible. It is their happiness, development and acceptance of themselves as people of worth, together with the acquisition of understandings and skills that will assist them to take part in their wider community.