Any seen or perceived disruptive behaviour will be dealt with using a procedure known as "Atlantis 123". The teacher will in the first instance, give the student a ‘verbal warning’. Further disruption by the same student will result, without a fuss with the teacher saying, ‘You are now on a 1”. This is the student's first warning. Further disruption by the same student will result in the teacher verbalising to the student, “You are now on a 2.” This is the second warning. Following further disruption from the same student, the teacher will verbalise to the student, “You are now on a 3,” and the student is sent to the Office with a ‘Pink Slip’ from the class teacher. This ‘pink slip’ will communicate to the Principal the behaviours within the classroom and the actions taken by the teacher. The student will have a meeting with the Principal to discuss their behaviour and any possible further action to be taken. The Early Learning Centre students have a modified behaviour management plan based on this plan. A student sent out of any class 8 times in a school year may be withdrawn by his/her parents or the Principal may permanently exclude them from attending Atlantis Beach Baptist College.
Outside the classroom, students will be encouraged to use the High 5 System so that they may resolve friendship issues or disputes in an effective and independent manner. When a student misbehaves outside the classroom, during recess or lunch or on school premises before and after school, an outside behaviour management system will be used. The student will be asked to go to the Office, where they will meet with the Principal. The Teacher will communicate to the Principal whether the behaviour was a Light, Moderate or Severe Offence. The Principal will decide whether the behaviour warrants further action and what action this will be depending on the severity and nature of the incident.
Infringement letters will be used to notify the parent and student of minor behaviours that should be addressed. Parents will be notified at every 5 infringements. Students will be permitted to record a total of 24 infringements during one school year.
Throughout the Behaviour Management process, students will be counselled by the teacher and/or Principal on their choices in and out of class and will be supported and encouraged in changing their actions and behaviours.
A student could be excluded from the College on the first serious offence in relation to physical abuse (bringing a weapon to school), substance abuse (alcohol/drugs) or sexual abuse.
Students can receive a Gold Commendation award or ‘Goldie’ at any time during class for displaying positive behaviour and actions. The teacher will give the student a ‘Goldie’ for the positive behaviour that they observed in the student. The student takes the ‘Goldie’ to the Office to have it recorded. After every 5 Gold Commendations, parents are notified and the student receives a prize.
Each class is encouraged to have an age-appropriate, effective reward system within their classroom, which is introduced and monitored by the class teacher. These may be whole-class or individual reward systems and are often a fun way of encouraging a class or student to pursue good, positive choices in their behaviour and actions.
All students and staff have the right to:
Students are encouraged in normal College life to uphold The Charter of Good Will through their actions and decisions in many ways. These include:
Students are ultimately being encouraged to be self-disciplined and to display responsibility for their own actions in a caring community. Students should realise that if they are disruptive in class they are not only disadvantaging their own education but that of their peers.
Every student has the right to the best possible education they can obtain at Atlantis Beach Baptist College. Therefore, the College has a system of behaviour management that is upheld by teachers and students.
The system of behaviour management is in three parts at Atlantis Beach Baptist College, one for inside the classroom, another for outside the classroom and the third is an infringement system.
The management of student behaviour at Atlantis Beach Baptist College is a staff, student and parent concern. The premise of the behavioural management policy is that staff, students and parents are on the same team in trying to create the best opportunities for students to learn and succeed inside and outside of the classroom. The behaviour management policies at the College aim to create a positive environment within our College and classroom so that teachers and students can work together in harmony. We also aim to prepare the students to become responsible members of the community inside and outside of the College by teaching them to make good choices and that in doing this they will enhance the community and become men and women of character.
Classroom Rights and Responsibilities
A teacher has to encourage students to understand that the main, if not only, reason he or she attempts to alter or stop certain student behaviour is because it interferes with the rights of other students. In the Charter of Goodwill there are five rights to be protected. These are listed on the first page of the Atlantis Beach Baptist College Student Management Policy. These five rights can be summed up in the following two rights:
The Right to Learn or Teach Free from Disruption
Schools are not social clubs. They are learning environments. As a consequence, teachers have a responsibility to ensure that no student is permitted to interfere with the learning of any other. Students also have a responsibility to act in manner that does not interfere with other students’ right to learn free from disruption. Examples of these responsibilities include:
The Right to Feel Safe (Emotionally and Physically)
An atmosphere must be created within a class and within the College that encourages students to get involved in the learning process and strive to achieve their best without fear of being teased, bullied or intimidated. Consequently, students need to be held to account if their actions or words infringe another student’s right to feel safe.
Students should also act in way that minimizes the risk of injury or physical harm to themselves and other students. Students who ignore safety precautions or act in an irresponsible manner likely to cause harm to themselves or another student will receive appropriate consequences. Examples of student responsibilities include:
Expectations for Students
Ideally, expectations for student behaviour should be handled in a classroom meeting at the beginning of the year. In this meeting, teachers and students should establish expectations of behaviour, discuss the responsibilities they have as individuals and as a class for learning and discuss the consequences for students who infringe other students’ rights.
Ultimately, students should be able to judge a situation and determine if their or a classmate’s behaviour is responsible or fair. There are only two criteria: Does it interfere with any student’s right to feel safe, or their right to learn?
Responding to Inappropriate Behaviour
Inappropriate behaviour may occur inside or outside the classroom. The following information explains how the College deals with both of these contexts.
When a student displays a lack of concern for the rights of other students, negative consequences should follow to convince him or her to act more responsibly. When you need to tell students that their behaviour is interfering with the rights of other students, the following process is recommended:
If misbehaviour continues:
If the misbehaviour continues:
If a student refuses to leave class, the teacher will remain calm and ask a responsible student to go to the office to get the Secondary Coordinator or Principal. The teacher will then continue with the lesson and ignore any complaints by the student.
A student may be sent out of class instantly for:
Breach of Safety
Misuse of Computers or Other Equipment
|First Send-Out||Verbal warning by Secondary Coordinator or Principal and the send out is recorded on SEQTA|
|Second Send-Out||Formal letter sent home to parents indicating that the student has been sent out of class on two occasions. An interview is requested by the Principal or the Secondary Coordinator in the Principal’s absence.|
|Third Send-Out||In-school suspension – separate recess / lunch breaks - no contact with students. Parents are notified as soon as possible. A formal letter is sent home to parents with an interview requested by the Principal. A pastoral care interview is required by the College Chaplain, if available, or Secondary Coordinator.|
|Fourth Send-Out||Out-of-school suspension – total suspension from College. Parents are notified as soon as possible and asked to collect their child at their earliest convenience. A formal letter is sent home to parents with an interview requested by the Principal.|
|Fifth Send-Out||Permanent exclusion from the College. A formal letter is sent home to parents.|
The system for dealing with inappropriate behaviour outside the class operates differently from the inside discipline system. Students can receive an infringement, a minor outside send-out, a major outside send-out or immediate exclusion from the College for behaving in an inappropriate manner outside class.
Outside class means before school, at recess, lunch, on the way to a classroom and after school. If you are outside the classroom but engaged in class activities, even if they are off-site (eg Phys. Ed classes) the inside send-out system applies. The outside send-out system only applies to behaviour outside of normal classes.
Please note that as soon as a student puts on our uniform, they are representing our College. Therefore, students can expect to be disciplined if they behave in an inappropriate whilst they are wearing our uniform.
2. Image of the College
3. General Behaviour (Rude/disobedient/dangerous/inappropriate)
4. Anti-Social Behaviour
Generally given for lighter offences from categories 1-3
Generally given for moderate offences from categories 1-3
Generally given for severe offences from categories 1-4
Given for serious offences in category 4 only
|No hat after warning||Light||Infringement|
|Out of bounds after warning||Light||Infringement|
|Bullying – name calling, intimidation (first offence)||Moderate||Infringement or moderate outside Send Out|
|Rough, dangerous play||Moderate||Infringement or moderate outside Send Out|
|Disobeying a teacher’s instructions||Moderate||Infringement or moderate outside Send Out|
|Vandalism||Severe||Major outside Send Out|
|Physical Fighting||Severe||Major outside Send Out|
|Leaving the College grounds||Severe||Major outside Send Out|
|Smoking||Severe||Major outside Send Out|
|Assaulting a teacher||Severe||Immediate Exclusion|
Students will be sent to Student Services for recording of names. Infringements can be issued.
Each time a student receives a major outside send-out, they are suspended from school for one day. If a student receives three major outside send-outs in one year they are permanently excluded from the College.
If a student is suspended three times in one year for any reason, they are permanently excluded from the College.
Whilst a strong feature of our behavioural management policy is the ‘Atlantis 123’ system, staff only use this as part of their behaviour management toolbox. Other strategies for dealing with misbehaviour can also be utilised to compliment this system.
Teachers should use a seating plan, shifting students when they are disruptive.
Teachers should use non-verbal and verbal warnings such as eye-contact, physical proximity.
Teachers also look for opportunities to encourage students, identify their strengths and give them more responsibility in the class.
Discuss misbehaviour with the student/class:
Asking students to stay back after class to discuss misbehaviour.
In essence, teachers should not use the ‘Atlantis 1,2,3’ Management System without attempting to change the environment so that the behaviour will not continue. Remember that the aim of every teacher is to have a class where all students are engaged in learning. The name/tick/send-out system is one way to ensure that this happens, but other strategies are also needed.
The key element in teaching students to become responsible citizens is that they learn to recognize and respect the rights and responsibilities of themselves and others within the College community.
Students’ behaviour and appearance must be of the highest standard while at College and during all College events. The same standard of behaviour applies in times of travel to and from the College.
Teachers will also look for opportunities to encourage students, identify their strengths and give them more responsibility in the class.
Students can receive a ‘Goldie’ at any time during class for displaying positive behaviour and actions. The teacher will give the student a ‘Goldie’ for the positive behaviour that they observed in the student. The student takes the ‘Goldie’ to the Office to have it recorded. Commendation letters will be written home to parents for exemplary effort or achievement.
Rewards and Merits
Students will often receive rewards and merits and these are usually presented at Assemblies.