1. Positive Behaviour for Learning
2. Student Council
WHAT IS POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING?
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is the name given to our school-wide approach to co-ordinating supports and systems for developing positive behaviours throughout the school. This approach is based on best practice and research tells us that it is clearly linked to improved academic outcomes. The focus is on a consistent approach to and promotion of desirable behaviours, aiming to prevent rather than react. PBL supports the success of ALL students.
PBL IS NOT a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualised strategy.WHY HAVE WE ADOPTED THE PBL FRAMEWORK?
• To decrease levels of disruptiveness, rates of office referrals and suspensions.
• To improve school climate, safety and order.
• To increase instructional time.
• To increase administrative time for purposes other than to manage discipline problems.
• To more effectively partner with parents, students and the community.WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?
As a starting point a set of Behaviour Expectations was developed late in 2010:
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Prepared
- Be Safe
They are now up in every classroom (K – 12) and are being taught and referred to by all staff.
The PBL Team are now developing a School Wide Behaviour Expectations matrix. This matrix looks at expected behaviours in different settings around the school. For example, at the canteen, in the front office, at assembly, on walkways etc.
We are also starting to look at what our office referrals data tells us and what systems we are using to enter this information.
WHO IS ON THE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING TEAM?
Principal – Rob Baker
Team Leaders – Sally Blackmore (Senior School Psychologist) and Angela Kruger (Deputy Student Services)
Michelle McKittrick – Deputy Student Services
Secondary Staff – Geoff Burrows and Libuse Dessert
Primary Staff – Sam Marshall and Jess Harris
Non-Teaching Staff – Helen Simpson and Geraldine Brandy
Community/Parent – Fiona Kuiper and Cissy Gore-Birch Gault
Student – Fiona Gearon and Sarah Marshall
WHAT DO THEY DO?
• Meet on a monthly basis.
• Meet as a whole team but have formed sub-committees within the team to work on activities where team members may have a particular interests or skills. For example, we have a Public Relations Team and a team developing the School Wide Behaviour Expectations matrix.
• Further down the track the team will be working directly from collected data to plan actions to address trends/issues etc.
• Currently the team are developing a Whole School Behaviour Expectations Matrix which sets out behaviour expectations across a variety of school settings such as on walkways, at the canteen, at assembly, during recess and lunchtime etc.
• The team is in a network with Kalumburu Remote Community School and Halls Creek District High School.
• The team is supported centrally by Melanie Lander from the Specialist Behaviour Team (DET).
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AS PARENT?
• Look out for any information about PBL.
• Ask your child/ren about the Behaviour Expectations.
• Discuss the Behaviour Expectations with school staff.
• Look up the PBL website (www.pbis.org) for more information.
• Encourage the use of our Behaviour Expectations at home.
• Talk to any member of the PBL Team.
SO, WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?
• It means we’re all working from the same page – parents, students, staff and community.
• Improved school climate.
• Time, energy and resources focused on positives rather than negatives.
• Clear behaviour expectations across the school.
• An opportunity for the school community to work together.
2. STUDENT COUNCIL
At the beginning of each year all Year 7-11 students have the opportunity to nominate themselves for election as a student councillor. Each year group votes for their own councillors. The council is made up of six students from Year 7, with two students per year group in Year 8-12. The council generally meets every two weeks and some of their responsibilities include: fundraising for charities or for student/school projects; helping to ensure the smooth running of school functions, e.g. the ANZAC service, secondary and whole school assemblies, being a link between students and the teaching staff and representing KDHS at various school and community functions.
What is IDEAS? IDEAS is an Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools.
- A process for positioning schools for the future.
- A process of enhancing learning outcomes by valuing the work of teachers and their classrooms.
- A process that enables alignment between the work of teachers in classrooms and the school’s strategic purpose.
What might Kununurra District High School gain?
- An enhanced focus on the practice of teaching.
- A heightened sense of identity and purpose through the development of a distinctive school wide pedagogy.
- Alignment with systems initiatives, enabling the school to articulate its uniqueness and emphasise classroom achievements and successes.
- A strengthening of the school’s professional community.
Who is involved?
- Teaching staff.
- The school community – parents and students.
- The broader school community.
The History Walk
The History Walk, which was coordinated by Geoff Burrows, Corin Everett, Sally Johnson, Samantha Marshall and the student councillors, was a wonderful event where we visited the past in Kununurra by through photographs and year books. It was a wonderful way to look back in order to decide upon some of the things about Kununurra that were successful and will remain the same and then look to the future, which will bring changes and improvement. One thing that most people requested was to continue with the Yearbooks and I’m happy to say that there will be a return to tradition and we will see a yearbook at the end of this year.
The IDEAS Vision
To inspire IDEAS schools to engage in a journey of self-discovery which will ensure that they achieve sustainable excellence in teaching and learning.
We’ve been working extremely hard this year in order to develop a school vision. We’re now at a point of writing a draft version of our vision after collecting the data generated from surveys, workshops and discussion with all sectors of the school community. We look forward to bringing you the draft for your comments.