St Monica’s Primary School Moynihan St Evatt 2617

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Like Monica, live through prayer and witness; committed to family and the community of faith.

Our mission as members of St Monica’s community is a commitment of the growth of all that are involved in the community. We achieve this growth and sense of community through accepting and supporting each other. This enables us to be witnesses of the values we hold as Christians

School Motto
Respect For our creator, ourselves, others and our environment

Beliefs about Learning
Learning requires the active construction of meaning. Learning must be relevant, successful and provide a purpose. Learning is developmental and a life long process. Learning is enhanced by a supportive and challenging environment.


Learning is innate. Every person is a learner. Learning is individual. What is learned depends on the way it is learned and with whom it is learned. Learning happens within social and cultural contexts, independently and through interaction with others. Therefore attitudes and values impact on learning.

Partnership in Education – Goals
At St Monica’s we strive to: - Promotes personal, spiritual and educational growth of the members of the school community. Provide an enriched, holistic curriculum in which the Gospel values are central to all learning experiences, thus integrating faith and life. Enable all students to achieve high standards of learning and individual excellence. Develop self-confidence, optimism, high self-esteem and respect for others. Promote equality students. of education opportunities for all


Equip children to adapt to the challenges of society and understand their Christian responsibility to the environment and our multicultural community. Work co-operatively with parents in the shared role of children’s education. Provide opportunities for all community members to be prayerful, reflective and secure in the belief of the goodness of the human spirit. Provide the opportunity for peer support and co-operative learning for students and teachers.



Whole School Timetable

8.56am 9.00am 11.00am 11.30am 1.10pm 1.20pm 2.00pm 3.10pm

Bell for children to move to line up Classes commence Break one commences Bell is sounded for children & teachers to move to class area Supervised eating indoors Break two commences Bell is sounded for children & teachers to move to class area Dismissal time for classes

Staff Prayer
Each Monday morning all staff meets in the staff room to share prayer & reflection at 8.15am. .

St Monica’s Catholic Primary School provides a balanced integrated curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 6 with Religious Education as the focus. Through the incorporation of co-operative classroom practices, our students learn to work not only alone but also in groups to solve problems. Each year a theme is selected based on the life of St Monica. This theme forms a basis for focusing on particular values. The whole school chooses two values to study each term. These values include: Respect, Acceptance, Friendship, Cooperation, Celebration, Reconciliation, Thanksgiving, Hope. The integrated curriculum draws together where appropriate, concepts, knowledge, skills,

attitudes and values from the following Key Learning Areas: Religious Education; Mathematics; English; Science & Technology; Personal Development/Physical Education and Health; Creative Arts and Languages other than English. It focuses on developing competencies in expressing, investigating, communicating, creating and reflecting. This integrated curriculum is supported by Special Needs and Enrichment Programs. The Special Needs Program includes: Support by the Resource Teacher, Teacher’s Assistants together in partnership with the classroom teacher for children with learning difficulties in the area of Literacy & Numeracy. Reading Recovery.

The Enrichment Programs available through the school include: Tuition in guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone and violin; School Band – Tuition in all instruments; Japanese lessons for Years K – 6 Chess After school group; Camp program for Year 5 & 6 AIS Swimming program for Kindergarten to Year 2; Gymnastics K – 6 Peer Support Leadership Program Year 6 students; Mediator Program Year 6 students; Music – Drama Performances e.g. Wakakirri; Choirs – Eisteddfod and Japanese; Tournament of the Minds


The school library is fully computerised and well resourced. It is an integral part of our education program. The Librarian teaches library skills and strategies to all children at their appropriate developmental stage level. Each student is encouraged to borrow books regularly. The library is open each lunch time Monday – Thursday.

Computer Laboratory
A computer laboratory assists staff to prepare all students in the area of Communication & Information Technology as we move into the year 2007. Students develop their ICT skills and learn how to use the computer and also a variety of ICT tools such as digital camera, video camera, light Pro for PowerPoint presentations, etc. Every classroom is connected to the school computer network, and has at least two computers attached to the Lab printer for use in teaching/learning tasks.

Health Education
Health education incorporating Physical Education and Sport is an integral part of our curriculum with the emphasis being placed upon participation by all pupils and the encouragement and development of a variety of sporting skills. Specialist training in various sports is also provided through sport clinics.


Homework is accepted practice within all classrooms. The amount of homework varies according to age and the cooperation of parents in completing home study is essential. Teachers will advise parents on homework requirements at the Parent Information Nights in Term One. Students in Year 3 through to 6 are expected to maintain Homework Communication Journals.

Excursions are organised for all classes during the year and will be associated with topics being studied. Parents will be notified of these excursions in a detailed note.

Parent – Teacher Communication
St Monica’s believe that ongoing communication between parents and teachers is essential in providing the best education for children. Parent Information Nights are held early in Term 1 and we ask every family to be represented. Parent interviews occur in Terms 1 and 2 or upon request. Information nights on particular areas of the curriculum are held during the year in conjunction with P & F General Meetings. Term Overviews of Grade/Stage Curriculum are distributed to parents at the beginning of each term. Reporting to Parents on Student Progress Term 1: Teacher/parent conversations. This is an opportunity for parents to pass on information to

teachers about their children so that teachers are more aware of each child’s needs, interests and talents. Term 2: A portfolio of each child’ work is sent home in Week 9. A report accompanies the portfolio. Parents are invited to attend an interview to discuss the portfolio. Parent comments are invited to be returned to class teachers. Term 4: A report is sent home at the end of Week 9 with the student’s portfolio and parents are encouraged to return comments to the school. We have an open door policy and parents are encouraged to contact the school to make an appointment if they are concerned about their child’s progress. Newsletters are sent home every Wednesday, one copy per family. A School Calender is distributed to all families each year. Assemblies are held regularly. Parents are most welcome to attend. Grade involvement is notified through the weekly calendar in our newsletter. A Year Book is available in Term 4 for every family. Teacher supervision begins at 8.30am and concludes at 3.30pm. Parents are asked to assist by not bringing children prior to the supervision commencement time and collecting them promptly after school.

Drop off and Pick Up Procedure
Parents are asked to park in the Church Car Park, on the Blacktop or in Chomley Court Car Park. No child is to go into a car park

without a parent. Staff supervise these areas. If children are to be picked up and dropped off after the commencement of school, a note must be sent to the class teacher and children collected and delivered through the front office. Children will not be released from the classroom.

School uniform must be worn at all times and parent cooperation is sought in assisting the school in this important aspect of school life. The St Monica’s Clothing Pool opens each Thursday morning from 9.00am to 10.00am & on public service days from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. All items of the uniform either new or second hand are available.

Behaviour Management
The goal of all student management plans is for students to feel safe and happy at school. At St Monica’s we strive to create an environment where students are encouraged to learn in an environment of success and trust. Strategies to develop positive behaviour include whole school, class and individual student activities.

Whole School Strategies

Values Focus Each term one or two values are selected for the whole school to emphasise in the class and playground. These values are consistent with St Monica and also link with Religious Education Units. Principal’s Award These awards are presented at the Whole School Assembly on Fridays. Teachers select one or two students to receive a Principal’s Award. Social Skills Training During the year students have lessons on assertiveness training so that students develop effective strategies for handling teasing and bullying behaviours. Specific strategies are taught and practiced within the classroom and playground. Additionally visiting shows focussing on strategies are booked each year to build on the work that is being done by teachers. Social Skills Awards These awards are presented at weekly assemblies. The social skills award is linked to the value chosen. During the week teachers nominate students who are displaying a social skill, such as including others in games, and the names are placed in a box for each stage. The students are given a reward to acknowledge their efforts. Rewards include: $2 canteen voucher, computer play etc. On Task Training At the beginning of the year teachers are trained in the process of On Task Training. This process is used initially as a fun activity so that students understand what it means to be on task. Gradually the process is used in class to monitor students work habits. Peer Mediators

Year 6 students assist the playground duty teacher at first break and at lunchtime. At the beginning of the year all Year 6 students participate in training to understand the role of peer mediator.

Peer Support This program makes links with children across grades for a series of activities. These activities help the children develop communication and social skills. It also helps children come to know each other, and develop relationships which are not always possible in the playground or in the classroom. This will give students the rapport with others and develop a willingness to look after each other. The program is led by Year Six students (under supervision and guidance of their teachers), and their training assists with their communication, social and leadership skills.

Seasons for Growth This is a school based program, and operates in school hours. This program commenced in 2002. The aim of this program is to give children a chance to understand their grief, which is a result of the loss of a family member through death, divorce, or separation. Buddy Classes Program This program promotes responsibility and a sense of school community through older classes being matched with younger classes. The buddy program is an important component of the Kindergarten Orientation Program where Year 6 students are matched with Kindergarten students to assist in their transition to school. During the year teachers organise a number of activities to promote friendship across the school.

Class Strategies

Teachers and students select class rules in a jointly negotiated process at the beginning of the year. These rules are displayed in a prominent position in the classroom and referred to when necessary. Teachers include: • • • • • • • • • • • One to one positive reinforcement Raising awareness/praising good behaviour at Assembly Directed free time Modelling of appropriate behaviour Consistency of rewards and consequences Whole class, small group and individual awards Giving responsibility at class and individual levels Cooperative development of class and school rules Positive behaviour A social skill is selected for 1-2 weeks Display playground/class rules fro children and teachers to refer to. reinforcement of expected playground select relevant class incentives to

encourage positive behaviour patterns. These

Individual Strategies
At times individual students require programs that are designed to modify behaviour in a positive way. These programs are discussed with parents and the students. The Principal or Assistant Principal are involved in the design and implementation of the plan in consultation with the class teacher and the parents.

Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour
Background information
The majority of playground and class behaviours are minor levels of unacceptable behaviour and a warning from the teacher is sufficient to remind the students about appropriate behaviour. At times the behaviour escalates to a level where the teacher needs to clearly indicate that the behaviour is unacceptable. This is when a yellow or red slip is useful to record the behaviour so that patterns of behaviour can be defined and appropriate actions implemented. These actions may include: • • • • Consequences for behaviour Analysis of kinds of behaviour to determine causes and implementation of behaviour modification programs Consultation Consultation with with parent, other class teachers, such as Stage School Coordinators, Assistant Principal, Principal agencies Counsellor, Catholic Education Office, ACT Department Of Education, Youth and Family Services.

Yellow Slip
A yellow slip is a warning to children to modify unacceptable behaviour on the playground or in the class. After Three warnings a yellow slip is written by the teacher describing the unacceptable behaviour. The yellow slip is pasted into the Class Behaviour Book. At the beginning of each term students are given a fresh start in the recording of yellow and red slips. This book is not handed on to the teacher in the following year. A new book is started at the beginning of each year.

Yellow Slip – Unacceptable Behaviours Playground Unacceptable Playground Behaviours include: • • • • Disobeying rule: hands off, feet off Teasing or bullying Non-compliance with teacher’s instructions Playing in an unsafe way eg.     Running on concrete Playing in out of bounds areas Unfair, aggressive behaviour with games Playing in toilets  Playing with sticks/hanging from trees and climbing them  Tackling during games

Classroom The class teacher will decide on a suitable in-class consequence for inappropriate behaviour. Individual programs will be implemented for students with more serious behaviour needs to encourage positive behaviour. Unacceptable classroom behaviours include: • • • • • • Disobeying rules: hands off, feet off Teasing and bullying Non-compliance with teacher instructions Constant calling out Running in classroom Consistently not wearing appropriate uniform

Red Slip

A red slip marks a very serious breach of unacceptable behaviour that requires Principal/Assistant Principal’s intervention. Red Slip – Unacceptable behaviours: • • • • • • Physical violence – hitting/kicking Verbal aggression Indecent exposure Defiance/refusal instructions Walking away from duty teacher Stealing of teacher

Summary of Consequences Procedures
Step 1: 3 • • Step 2: 3 yellow cards in playground/class behaviour book = • • • Step 3: 2 x 3 yellow cards in playground/class behaviour book = • Timeout at lunch break for a period of between 1 & 3 days at discretion of the Principal/Assistant Principal 1 timeout slip sent home to parents 1 time out period of one day at lunch break Name into Principal’s behaviour book warnings = 1 yellow slip Yellow slip recorded into behaviour book

• Step 4:

Name into Principal’s behaviour book

Fast track – Red Card = 3-5 days off the playground at lunch break Name into Principal’s behaviour book Possible In-School suspension at the discretion of the Principal Additional Considerations 1. If a student’s name is in the Principal’s Behaviour Book on a (generally within a term) the student may be withdrawn from: • • 2. Next privilege (i.e. next excursion or sporting event) or Camp Privilege At each stage these consequences are and Principal through verbal and written communications. 3. In most cases consequences do not continue over a term. number of occasions

negotiated with the student, class teacher, parents