Behaviour

We hope parents will find that the following notes help them to understand the standards of behaviour we expect at Broomhill School, and how we hope to achieve them.  Care is taken within the school to develop in pupils reasonable and responsible social attitudes and relationships, to cultivate consideration for others and to encourage the practice of good manners, a good attitude to work, initiative and self-reliance. The school will always try to work closely with parents because this leads to the greatest success – a child’s behaviour is seen as a joint responsibility between home and school.

a)    the home encourages respect for the school and its staff;

b)    the school staff shows consideration to both parents and pupils.

With our “Red Card” scheme parents get an early alert if their child is having difficulty conforming to appropriate standards of behaviour.

This has been further developed through the use of playground tokens – green, amber and red- to both reward positive behaviour and alert us to situations causing concern.

Praise and Encouragement

It is all too easy to develop an attitude to discipline based on offence and punishment.  Although there are occasions when it is necessary to reprimand, both parents and teachers should keep in mind that PRAISE is much more effective in changing behaviour.

The school is a community and therefore relies on everyone having consideration for others.  All communities have rules which must be observed if the system is to run smoothly.  By encouraging the children to behave well and be thoughtful and considerate to others we are also helping them to become useful members of the much larger community to which we all belong.

In school Primary 7 pupils are chosen as Monitors – helpers for the younger children at playtimes. School Prefects are also chosen from Primary 7 to help with general duties during intervals and lunch breaks.

Anti-Bullying  Policy

A copy of Broomhill School Anti-Bullying Policy is issued to all parents – extra copies are available through the school office.   Please do not hesitate to contact the Head Teacher should you have any concerns or if your child is clearly unhappy in school.

Vandalism

Any vandalism must be reported to the Head Teacher.  If their child is found to be in any way responsible, parents will be informed and asked to contribute to the cost of the repair.

Expectations – Rights and Responsibilities

It is essential that all pupils understand acceptable standards of behaviour most of which are concerned with their safety and that of others.  As a school we emphasise that we all have rights but also responsibilities.  Every child has a right to be happy in school – each also has a responsibility to ensure that their behaviour does not impact on the opportunities of others in a negative way.  Parents are informed when a pattern of behaviour is causing concern and the child is not responding to counselling.

General Expectations

These can apply to the school in general or more specifically to the playground or the classroom.

School

Concerned with:

  • behaving responsibly;
  • being polite to all adults and children;
  • walking everywhere in school and moving carefully on stairways in a quiet, orderly fashion;
  • behaviour and hygiene;
  • punctuality.

Playground

Concerning such things as:

  • staying on premises at all times during school hours;
  • climbing on to flat roofs* or over fences to retrieve balls;
    • fighting and bad language;
    • courtesy in the playground;
    • litter.

*Aberdeen City Council has used anti-climb paint on the approaches to the flat roofs.  Any breach of the directive “No unauthorised access” must be reported to the police.

Classroom

Concerned with co-operation, consideration and tolerance:

  • teachers have a right to expect co-operation
  • all pupils have a right to learn
  • individual pupils cannot be allowed to disrupt the learning of others.

Summary

Children need to develop a sense of responsibility.  In school they are responsible for looking after all books and equipment which they handle. They have to learn to share the responsibility of looking after the school and its surroundings and, of course, they must learn to care for the welfare of their fellow pupils.

For the majority of children these standards present no problems. A few will require extra help and guidance.

Children should be made aware of the kind of behaviour which is acceptable and why.

Where a child is showing a pattern of consistently unacceptable behaviour it will be necessary for the school and the parents to work closely together to help the child. It may be necessary to tackle the problem in stages.

When behaviour becomes a cause for concern in any way, parents of individual pupils will always be informed and the matter discussed with them. In extreme cases Aberdeen City Council Education Department policy allows for the exclusion of pupils.

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