Behaviour Expectations
What to expect

LIVING ABOVE THE LINE

You may hear your child talk about ‘Living Above the Line’.  This is a school-wide initiative which encourages self-responsibility.  At Riverdale School we expect everyone from Year 1 to 6,  to our teachers and support staff to ‘Live Above the Line’.

Ownership
Accountability
Responsibility
________________   Line of Responsibility

Blame
Excuses
Deny

RIGHT CHOICE PROGRAMME

The aim of the Right Choice programme is to ensure that pupils can learn and teachers can teach in a happy, safe and secure environment, free from both physical and verbal abuse and in a culture of positive mutual respect.  This programme is designed to encourage children to make right choices and take responsibility for their own behaviour. A full copy of the Right Choice programme is available at the office.

LUNCH CLUB

When situations need to be defused or for more minor transgressions a child maybe placed in Lunch Club. At the discretion of the Principal or DP a child may be withdrawn from the playground during lunch time. Lunch Club children are supervised by a senior staff member.

STEPS PROGRAMME

When children demonstrate blatantly anti-social behaviour, they may be placed on ‘Steps’:

Step 1: The child shall write a letter outlining the nature of the offence.  This will take place during the following lunchtime.  The letter will be kept on file for the duration of the term.

Step 2: If a child commits another incident within that term, then they will be placed onto Step 2.  The child will write a letter to their parent/s outlining the nature of both incidents.  The letter is to be signed by their parents and returned to school the following day. The child may need to be out of the playground for more than one lunchtime.

Step 3: Step 2 as above.  The principal will contact the child’s parents and a meeting will be set to outline possible directions and outcomes.

RIGHT CHOICE REWARD

Students who have not proceeded beyond Step Two during any given term are eligible to participate in the Right Choice Reward Day at the end of term.  The reward varies from term to term, but past events have included pool parties, pets and soft toys days, games and sports sessions and Water Days.

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