Our Shared Values
At St Kieran’s we have shared values which provide teachers, children and parents with the language to discuss behaviour in a consistent way. These values are the basis for the agreements for responsible behaviour in the school and in each classroom providing the focus for reflection about any behaviour. As Christians who live by the Gospel values of faith, hope and love, we believe integrity (to do what you believe is right and stand up for these beliefs) is essential in living the values of being:
A Safe and Inclusive Community:
Every child has the right to be safe and to feel safe physically, psychologically and emotionally.
Being compassionate is showing care for self and for others.
Being respectful is a fundamental principle of living, working, learning and playing together. If we want to be respected, we have to respect other people too. We must show respect to people, animals, material things and the environment and we must be careful about the way we say and do things.
Being responsible means being accountable for your own actions and words.
Being cooperative is working together for the good of everyone.
These values help to create our two school rules of Safety and Respect.
Our Behaviour Support Guidelines focuses on ways to develop within each student an understanding of community and how to act responsibly towards self and others. Meeting students’ needs is the foundation of our approach to quality behaviour and is based on Glasser’s Choice Theory, an internal theory of human behaviour.
We believe that all behaviour is purposeful in order to meet basic needs of:
- Love and Belonging
- Personal Power
We explicitly teach students social and collaborative skills on how to meet their basic needs in responsible ways. We teach children that mistakes are a natural part of learning and we provide opportunities for them to practise more responsible and cooperative replacement behaviours. As a Catholic faith community we believe that forgiveness and reconciliation are integral to developing quality relationships. We provide students with opportunities to make choices within boundaries and those boundaries widen as the children develop their repertoire of responsible behaviours. We do this individually, within classrooms, and at whole school levels.
The Role of Parents and the Community
Effective education of children is a partnership between teachers and parents. Our aim is a holistic approach to enable every student to be valued and to feel successful. Positive interactions and relationships between parents, community members, staff and students are important to the well-being of all. At St Kieran’s we acknowledge that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. They have the role of nurturing positive values and social responsibility.
Within our school we value and encourage parental and community participation in the education of students by:
- Creating and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for visitors
- Inviting families to contribute to school decision-making
- Inviting families to contribute to school activities
- Encouraging and welcoming the participation of parents when making a significant plan for responsible behaviour with their children
- Inviting families to Masses school/class liturgies, assemblies and other celebrations of learning
- Parent/teacher meetings
- Parent and Friends Association (P&F)
- School Advisory Council
- Parent education sessions
- Classroom volunteers