Our School Policy

Positive Behaviour In Schools (PBiS)

Busselton Primary School uses Positive Behaviour Support to improve behaviour and explicitly teach social skills and values while fostering a positive attitude towards learning to achieve higher educational outcomes. It is our intention that this will develop a positive school culture with parents, staff and students which is consistent and based on a common language.  We encourage students to be active participants in a safe and supportive environment.

At Busselton Primary School we focus on four behavioural expectations and explicitly teach students the expected behaviour through a variety of strategies including role play and constant teacher feedback around expected behaviour.  Behaviour education is supported by the “Bounce Back” and “Challenges and Choices” programs.                                    

The four expectations we focus on are:

Being Respectful

Being an Active Learner

Being Responsible

Having Integrity   

Our ‘behaviour matrix’ is used to remind students, staff, parents and visitors of the positive behaviour that is expected at Busselton Primary School.   These expectations are clearly labelled throughout the school both in the playgrounds and the learning areas.

Staff at Busselton Primary School focus on student engagement.   They are continually using a variety of engagement and behaviour management strategies to promote productive behaviours thus allowing students to focus on learning.

Busselton Primary School uses an encouragement system to acknowledge, promote and reinforce positive behaviour.  Students frequently receive ‘RARI’ tokens as acknowledgement for displaying behaviours relating to the four expectations.  These are used to achieve class rewards and individual rewards at school assemblies.  Students receive ‘Gold Card’ stamps when demonstrating the school expectations.  When a student collects a designated amount of stamps they receive a prize from the deputy principals or principal.  

At Busselton Primary School we constructively and specifically address disengaged behaviour.

Disengaged behaviours are divided into two categories.  These categories are major behaviours and minor behaviours.  Minor behaviours are resolved at a classroom level by teachers and need no or limited administration support.  Examples of minor behaviours are ‘disruptive behaviour’, ‘late to class’ and ‘reluctance to follow instructions’.  Major behaviours are much more serious and will be managed by an administration staff member who will make contact with parents regarding the issue. Examples of major behaviours are ‘threatening, harassment and damage to property.’

At Busselton Primary School we collect behavioural data on both minor and major behaviour incidences.  This data is used by the Positive Behaviour Support committee to focus on areas of need and implement school wide systems to support staff and students.

Kindergarden & Pre-Primary

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES Each morning you are welcome to stay for five or ten minutes and spend this time with your child. Being punctual on arrival and departure will enable your child to settle more easily. Children arriving late may be anxious and uncomfortable. It is essential that an adult accompany your child until he or she has entered the classroom. Staff will only dismiss children when their parents or nominated care person can be clearly seen. If an unexpected situation arises causing you to be late, please phone the school on 9751 6400. 

Crunch and Sip

CRUNCH&SIP® break is a set break for students to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water in the classroom. Busselton Primary School has introduced Crunch&Sip® to support students in establishing healthy eating habits whilst at school.

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Dress Code

FOOTWEAR
Flat covered shoes or sandals with heel straps. 
Thongs or Ugg boots are not appropriate for school.

HATS
Hats will be required when students are outdoors during the whole school year.  Hats of royal blue or in faction colours are encouraged.  ‘No Hat – Play in the shade’!

 OTHER ITEMS

Jewellery is not appropriate at school.  The dress code stipulates that earrings are restricted to studs or sleepers that do not have dangling or sharp components that may be a safety hazard.  Students are permitted to wear a watch. No other jewellery is to be warn.

Make-up is not appropriate to wear at school.

Long hair (if it goes below the shoulder) For health reasons, long hair should be tied back.  This applies to both girls and boys.

 

Note: There are some school activities where specific dress is required.  Parents and students will be advised of these requirements when they are under consideration for participation in the events.

Valuables at School

Children are discouraged from bringing valuable equipment, games, toys and jewellery to school.  Electronic toys are items that are at high risk.   Money for excursions should be given to the classroom teacher as soon as the child arrives at school.
The school cannot take any responsibility for the safe keeping of valuables brought to school.

MOBILE PHONES
Mobile phones must be handed to staff in the school office on arrival at school and may be collected at the end of the day.  Mobile phones will be confiscated from children if they are caught using or accessing them during the school day. The school accepts no responsibility for any theft or damage to a mobile phone that is brought by a student to school.

LOST PROPERTY
The lost property table is located outside the sick bay room. At the end of each term, all lost property which has not been claimed will be given to a local charity. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IS CLEARLY LABELLED.

swimming lessons

Each year the Department of Education makes in-term swimming lessons available to children in Pre-Primary to Year 6. During Term 1, Years 1 to 6 participate in beach swimming lessons at the Busselton Jetty and in Term 4 Pre-primary children attend the Geographe Leisure Centre for their swimming lessons.

SPORT

A faction t-shirt in the faction colour and the regular royal blue or tartan bottom constitute the Sports Dress Code. Interschool teams will wear the regular polo shirt and shorts/skort. Footwear must be suitable for the activity being undertaken. Students are encouraged to wear their faction shirt on the sports day.

Homework

It is the school’s expectation that students read every night and to encourage this, promote an active record of ‘Nights read’. As milestones are achieved these are celebrated on an individual and a whole class basis. The school also purchases access to Mathletics, an online maths-based learning program to reinforce the learning at school. Students are able to access this both at school and at home with an individual account.

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EMERGENCY ACTION

Should a student at any time during school hours require medical attention, the principal (or his delegate) will endeavour to contact the parents who can then decide on further action.  If parents are unavailable, the principal will take such action as deemed appropriate.  Parents are required to advise the school of any change in their address or phone number.

MEDICATION

The school will assist with reasonable requests for the administration of medication.  Records of medication and agreement to administer medication are to be securely stored at school and accessed only by authorised persons.  It is the parent’s responsibility to liaise with the school to initiate a written agreement.  Students are not to have any medication at school without written authorisation.

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