Below is a list of school policies and guidelines. Please click on each document for further reading and advice
Mission and Religious Education Policy
Learning & Teaching Policy
Professional Practice & Collaborative Relationships Policy
Strategic Resourcing Policy
St Joachim’s Community Values and Relationship Guidelines.pdf
As a Catholic School, within the Archdiocese of Brisbane, St Joachim’s places great importance on seeking to develop our children to their full potential. St Joachim’s has begun a journey in 2016, as a school community, towards a school-wide approach to teaching our students the importance of being responsible, respectful and safe. This is known as PB4L or Positive Behaviour for Learning Approach.
The Positive Behaviour for Learning Approach is a research evidence based framework and process for schools to organise their systems, practices and use of data in the area of student behaviour. At St Joachim’s we look to define, teach, and support appropriate student behaviours. The theoretical and conceptual understandings of PB4Learning are firmly linked to Behavioural Theory and Applied Behavioural Analysis.
Under the guidance of Chris Ioannides (principal) and the school leadership team, the PB4Learning Team has been established at St Joachim’s with its primary focus to support student behaviour through the creation of a positive learning environment.
There are three whole school expectations at St Joachim’s:
These have been agreed upon by staff, students and parents and are outlined in the School Expectations Matrix. They are aligned with the School’s Learning Dispositions of cooperation, optimism, persistence, resilience and risk-tasking.
Explicit teaching of behaviours for learning occurs at St Joachim’s both inside and outside classroom setting through examples, non-examples, role play, visuals (such as Joey, the school mascot), ‘Joey Time’ and through further practise and checking for understanding.
Encouraging the expected behaviours occurs through specific positive feedback such as classroom rewards, Joey’s Playground Star Cards, and Joey’s Brightest Star Awards presented during the weekly school assembly.
Discouraging and responding to inappropriate behaviours is responsive to student needs and is an opportunity for teachers to teach and a student to learn through instruction, consequences involving re-teaching, practise, feedback and encouragement. When required, students will complete a Working it Out Plan. This plan helps students to identify what it was that they were doing, which was not in line with the school expectations, and what they should have been doing.
Administration will use the SBS online database to monitor students’ behaviour and drive plans and programs to assist with the positive management of student behaviour. The data may relate to individual students, groups of students or particular areas of the school.
Joey’s Brightest Star AwardsJoey’s Brightest Star Awards are presented during the weekly school assembly to students who are selected by the classroom teacher. These awards may be presented for any positive student behaviours or achievement and can be used to reinforce the school expectations.
Joey's Playground Star CardsStudents who follow the School Expectations while in the playground may be given a Joey's Playground Star Card. This card is given to the student who places it in the Joey's Playground Star box in the Undercover Area. There is a box for Prep & Year 1 students, a box for Years 2 to 4 students, and a box for Years 5 to 7 students. Each week at assembly, three Joey's Playground Star Cards are pulled out of each box. These students receive a small reward e.g. a tuckshop voucher.
Joey's Playground Star Cards are issued at the discretion of the teacher/school officer on duty for any positive behaviours observed.
Working it Out PlansWhen required, students will complete a Working it Out Plan. This plan helps students to identify what it was that they were doing, which was not in line with the school expectations, and what they should have been doing. Plans can be used for classroom and playground behaviours. The completed Working it Out Plan is kept in the student's file in the school office.
When required, an Incident Report will be completed by the teacher/school officer on duty.
The Incident Report includes details about when the behaviour occurred, where the behaviour occurred, a description of the behaviour, what action was taken and the function (if known) of the behaviour i.e. what need was the student trying to fulfil through their behaviour.
The Incident Report is sent to the office following the incident. A completed Working it Out Plan may accompany the Incident Report. A member of the teaching staff will record the details of the incident in the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Behaviour Support System (SBSS) online database.
Ongoing Monitoring of Students' BehaviourAdministration will use the SBSS online database to monitor students' behaviour and drive plans and programs to assist with the positive management of student behaviour. The data may relate to individual students, groups of students or particular areas of the school.