Araluen recognises that schools need to be challenging, predictable and safe where high expectations of behaviour and learning are valued and actively promoted.
Our school is built on these strong values – EXCELLENCE – RESPECT – RESILIENCE – TOLERANCE. These values complement our SWPBS approach. Our school Motto states: “GROWING AS WE LEARN”. We work hard to instil these important elements into our students and consider them vital in preparing our students to be hard working, community minded citizens of the future.
Araluen Primary School is a leader in School Wide Positive Behaviour Support in the local Wellington schools network. The Victorian Department of Education has acknowledged our success in this field by presenting us with a Silver Medal. This recognises our whole school approach in teaching Values and acknowledging and supporting positive behaviour in our school community. This "SWPBS" framework creates a learning environment that supports our Values and creates a shared culture of learning. The four core elements to the framework are:
Araluen Primary School has a school wide approach to responding to behaviour management. As a SWPBS school we aim to provide a consistent, predictable and fair use of consequences for all students. Staff will respond in a way that is:
Our Matrix of expected behaviours was developed in consultation with students, parents and staff. It is a common agreement of expected behaviours and language in a variety of learning environments. Our fortnightly whole school ‘Team Araluen’ meetings discuss these expectations and strategies to achieve them.
Our Matrix of expected behaviours is used by all staff to teach and model expected behaviours and common language. Catchphrases to assist students to remember our expected behaviours are used every day. Examples of these are: plan to play, manners matter, if it is to be - it is up to me, be fair and share, be your best, go for gold, bounce back and right place, right time.
Staff use a variety of strategies to acknowledge when students are modelling expected behaviours in classrooms, in the playground and on excursions. Examples include: verbal praise, sharing work with the Principal, stickers, special responsibilities, classroom privileges, assembly awards, work published in school newsletter, postcards sent home, phone calls to parents and peer recognition through affirmation cards. Staff and students are encouraged to use a positive approach to help create a respectful and supportive learning community.
Jumbucks (Araluen money) are given out when a teacher notices a student modelling our Values. When they are given out, the teacher uses it as a teaching opportunity to explain to the student why they are being given a Jumbuck. Students collect their Jumbucks and have the opportunity to ‘purchase’ items from our Billabong shop. The shop is manned by student Billabong Leaders.