Behaviour Management Policy

Our School Vision

Our School Vision is to provide a high quality education, providing students with the opportunity to make decisions and accept the consequences of their decisions.

We will create the best possible working environment to provide for the success of each student. This environment will be safe, caring and friendly, stimulating and challenging, where everyone feels valued.

Our students are encouraged to develop a positive outlook for themselves, our society and the future.

To ensure a safe, caring environment in which children are free to learn and teachers are free to teach, Naracoorte Primary School has a set of rules, rights and responsibilities, based upon the Play is the Way virtues and concepts.

Students are given the opportunity to make strong decisions, referring to the self-mastery questions displayed in each classroom; however, if a student is unable to manage his/her own behaviour, the following policy applies.



Courage, Friendliness, Good Manners, Tolerance, Persistence and Compassion



  • Treat others as you would like them to treat you (The Golden Rule).
  • Be brave- participate to progress.
  • It takes great strength to be sensible.
  • Pursue your personal best, no matter who you work with.
  • Have reasons for the things you say and do.


Unacceptable Behaviour is defined as acting in a manner which threatens the safety or well being of a student, member of staff or other person, through physical violence, verbal abuse, harassment, stealing, vandalism, bullying or persistent disobedience Inappropriate Behaviour is defined as behaviour that is not appropriate for the school setting. It may be annoying, disruptive, unsafe or impolite and includes behaviours such as rough play, swearing, talking over someone and running in the classroom.  Repeated inappropriate behaviour is seen as “persistent disobedience” and is subsequently treated as Unacceptable Behaviour.
Lunchtime timeout is a 15-minute period at the beginning of lunch playtime in which students meet with our counsellor in the Year 7 area.  Students are counselled to consider what led to their behaviour, the consequences of their choices and the options they have to repair any damage done. Parents are informed by letter that their child has attended Time Out.

School Responses to Behaviour


Unacceptable Behaviour

All cases of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with on an individual basis.

This will involve a combination of the following processes:

  • the development of an individual student contract that will be negotiated with the student, parent or caregiver, teaching staff, counsellor and our local Behaviour Management consultant.

Implementation of DECD procedures:

  • take home
  • internal suspension
  • external suspension
  • exclusion

Inappropriate Behaviour

Consequences for inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with on an individual basis.

In the yard, students will generally be given a reminder then a warning. If the behaviour persists, students will be given a “Time Out”.

Staff are encouraged to apply consequences appropriate to the behaviour. For example, in cases of littering, students are asked to clean up the yard.

The management of classroom behaviour is determined by Teaching Teams and is updated at the start of each year.

Positive Behaviour

Positive behaviour can be rewarded in a variety of ways and may vary from class to class.

On a whole-school level, these rewards include:

  • the awarding of house points and presentation of the House Shield at the end of the year
  • individual awards at assembly
  • school discos and other Student Council events

At a classroom level, these could include:

  • class rewards
  • free play
  • special class or yard activities
  • games sessions
  • class parties


Reception Unit & Year 1/2

Year 3/4 Classes

Students are encouraged to make strong decisions.

Each class will have variations based on the following process, regarding minor behaviours. How the matter is managed will vary depending upon the situation. Unacceptable behaviours will not be given reminders.

  • Reminder: stated positively
  • Second Reminder
  • Appropriate Action taken, depending upon the nature of the incident.

Appropriate actions may include:

  • a change of seating
  • time out in classroom
  • time out in a buddy class
  • time out in the front office

Significant incidents will be recorded in a book. A note will go home if a student is given a time out in the front office.

If a student has repeated instances of front office time out, a parent/teacher meeting will occur.

The student is encouraged to use Self-Mastery questions to review his/her own behaviour. If the student is unable to be his/her own boss, the following process will apply.

Reminder – if appropriate.

Appropriate action taken, including;

  • a change of seating
  • time out in classroom
  • time out in a buddy class
  • time out in the front office
  • cleaning up the yard or other community service as appropriate.

Office – withdrawal to the front office. Work to be completed there. Student will have a conversation with the principal, deputy or counsellor before returning to class. If possible, this conversation should involve the class teacher.

Parents may be notified at any stage. Repeated inappropriate behaviour will be treated as Unacceptable Behaviour and will follow the school’s guidelines as set out in this policy.

Years 5-6

Year 7 Classes

Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour:

Step 1 – WARNING – reminder of expectations and inform student of consequences of repeat inappropriate behaviour.

Step 2 – TIME OUT – classroom or buddy class withdrawal or consequence (depending upon inappropriate behaviour)

Step 3 – OFFICE – Withdrawal to the front office.

  • work to be completed there
  • may involve conversation with principal, deputy or counsellor.
  • Parents may be notified at any step.

Repeated inappropriate behaviour will be treated as Unacceptable Behaviour and will follow the school’s guidelines as set out in the policy.

Year 7 students have developed a Code of Conduct based on the virtues and concepts. This is an agreement outlining expectations of behaviour. Students & parents sign these at the start of the year.

If little effort is made to follow these agreements, or students require repeated reminders, students may:

  • Be moved to a different seat in the class.
  • Be given Time Out in the front office.
  • Lose special privileges or roles.
  • Spend time working in another classroom.
  • Miss recess or lunch times.
  • Clean up the yard or other community service.
  • Make up time or work missed.
  • Miss out on special school activities, including SAPSASA, electives, excursions & camps.
  • Be asked to find ways to repair any damage
  • Be suspended, either internally or externally.


Time Out at Lunch

Lunch Time Out is given for single incidences of unacceptable behaviour or for repeated inappropriate behaviour; this is primarily for yard issues, but can be used for classroom issues if appropriate. Students meet with the counsellor in the Indonesian Room where they discuss/write about the incident or issues.
A form is sent home for parents/caregivers to sign and must be returned to the Front Office the following day. Three Time Outs in a single term may result in restricted play or a period of internal suspension.


Behaviour and Camps / Big Days Out

We believe that camps and Big Days Out:

  • Provide social interaction in a different context: teacher/student, student/ adults, student/student
  • Should be aligned with class studies
  • Provide enjoyment and unique experiences for students

An invitation to attend camp or a Big Day Out is a privilege that needs to be earned by all students. Taking students away is an enormous responsibility for the staff. If a student often misbehaves, has demonstrated they are not willing to cooperate when asked to, they pose a safety and welfare risk. These students will NOT be invited on camp or Big Days Out.

Naracoorte Primary School

Learning for Life