Behaviour Support & Management Underpinnings

St Joseph's College Coomera

Behaviour Support &  Management Policy





Behaviour support and management is an integral aspect of pastoral care. Authentic pastoral care, which is born of the Gospel message and the person of Jesus, is a multi-dimensional pursuit. It is intentionally focused on the dignity of the individual, the partnerships between student, teacher and parent, and the concept of natural justice which is concerned with fairness, compassion, growth and the common good. This balance is integral to the creation of a Catholic learning community in the tradition of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. 

For over 100 years, the Josephites have been formed and inspired by the work of Mary MacKillop and her commitment to Jesus, the Catholic Church and the education of young people. We can be inspired by her words “God wants us, by every means in our power, to  lead others to life". As such behaviour support and management is not solely the responsibility of the institution and teachers of St Joseph's. Each student, and their parents are called to engage and commit to the pursuit of learning and life for all in the community.

We are called to be people who are actively engaged toward growing and showing Courage to Love, Learn and Serve in our community and for the world around us.  We acknowledge our call in this community toward wisdom, learning, and service to be and become the light of Christ in the world. We are called to be innovative, challenging and daring in pursuit of knowledge, faith, purpose and action as was exemplified by our founder, Mary MacKIIllop and Jesus Christ for whom we exist.

The Sisters  of St  Joseph of the Sacred Heart were  founded in South Australia in the  1860s  because the religious and political  climate of that colony was  right for the foundation and some  among its residents, especially Bishops Patrick Geoghegan and  Lawrence Sheil as well as  Julian Woods and Mary MacKillop, could read the signs of the times and had the courage to follow those signs in a radical way. The Catholic education system we have today exists because they dared to  be innovative regarding both religious life and education in Australia.

Our teachers and College leadership will use our motto and our Josephite charism with Faith at the centre and Justice as the guiding northern point to act as a key formation tool, helping the students understand their school, establish consistent classroom guidelines and routines and to recognise​ and reward positive behaviour.

St Joseph's College Behaviour Support and management plan seeks to develop and maintain student understanding of why we focus on discipline and habits for success through the application of a developmentally appropriate behaviour management plan which links sequentially with the Whole School Approach of the wider school community. 

The classroom behaviour management plan for is developed in concert with the teaching and learning plan for the school which employs Restorative Practice as a core underpinning to Behaviour management as well as the BCE model of Pedagogy with a particular emphasis and clear focus on Learning Dispositions for preparing and facilitating learning experiences, teaching and assessment across the school. 

In particular, the classroom behaviour management plan draws upon the wisdom of the Dimensions of Learning framework, (Pickering & Marzano)[1] in particular on Dimension One: Attitudes and Perceptions towards the classroom climate and classroom tasks and Dimension Five: Habits of Mind (Costa & Kallick)[2] and how they influence our thinking, behaviour and actions inside and outside of the classroom. 

Thus, at St Joseph's College, we strive to develop whole school proactive approaches which provide routine and structures for students. It is important that the values, goals, routines and procedures of the pastoral plan are made explicit for students so that they can make positive choices, 'know where they stand' and have sound consequences in place for when they make mistakes and need better decision making processes modelled for them. 

  • Justice
  • Dignity
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Service

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