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Behaviour management

Our behaviour management philosophy at Ormeau State School reflects that ‘we always do our best’.  Our ethos is based on the values of opportunity, responsibility, manners, excellence, acceptance and unity.

We believe that everybody in our School has the right to:

  • be safe and to feel safe

  • be treated with respect and fairness

  • communicate their feelings and to be listened to

  • move safely and calmly around the School

  • learn and share in games and activities

  • have their say in a problem-solving situation

Everybody has the responsibility to allow others to enjoy these rights. This responsibility sits with children, teachers and members of the School community.  Thus, the behaviour management program at our school accommodates the diverse needs of our children. We recognise that children are not born with appropriate behaviour skills and must be taught them explicitly.  These skills are taught by providing opportunities for children to work in specifically set up groups such as sports, art and cooking where they can practise these skills. Our Social Skills Program encourages our children to have a positive outlook; to constructively deal with conflicts; to be aware of, and sensitive to, group expectations; to communicate effectively; to establish common ground between oneself and one another and to develop a positive self-perception.

We teach our children to continually strive to develop a respect for each other. Our values send a strong message that Ormeau State School will always give the opportunity to all students to investigate new things; to take responsibility to act on good choices; to use manners in all that is communicated; to strive for excellence by always doing our best; to accept others for who they are, and ultimately to unite as a group, as a class, and as a whole school community.

The Behaviour Management Responsible Behaviour Plan (RBP) directs the process of how we manage behaviours at Ormeau State School and includes a range of strategies designed to protect the rights of children, teachers and members of our School community. The effective use of this plan should prevent and minimise everyday problems that can occur in the School community.  To gain access to behaviour support the following process applies:

  1. The parent/guardian and/or the teacher identify a problem or concern;

  2. Parent and Class Teacher Discussion - may include Behaviour Support Teacher involvement;

  3. Class Teacher intervention and support - may include Behaviour Support Teacher involvement;

  4. Class Teacher and Parent/Guardian complete a referral form for the Student Support Services Committee;

  5. Class Teacher presents the case at the Student Support Services Committee Meeting;

  6. As a group of specialist teachers and class teachers, the Student Support Services Committee then decides upon the appropriate course of action and the specialist staff member best suited to take the case and work with the parents, teacher and child.

This may be where the Behaviour Support Teacher may become more involved. Please note that in the case where teachers recognise that students could benefit from developing social skills further or where students are having friendship issues etc, parents are notified by their child bringing a note home and the more formal process as above is not required.  Please refer to the link provided to fully understand our RBP.

Your current Behaviour Support Teacher is Ms Carol McLeod. Carol has a history as a classroom teacher and has been working in the area of Social Skills and Behaviour Support at Ormeau State School and other Alternate Education Programs for nearly 10 years. 

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