Positive behaviour support (PBS)

Positive Behaviour Support.

In 2015, Mindarie Primary School began its journey into Positive Behaviour Support or PBS.

PBS is our school-wide approach aimed at improving the academic and behavioural outcomes of all students. PBS works to establish a climate in which appropriate behaviour is the norm. This occurs through the use of proactive strategies and the explicit teaching of behavioural expectations. Our goal is to create a safe, positive learning environment where students are engaged and successful. Emphasis is on making positive (green) choices and accepting responsibility for both learning and behaviour, rather than being structured around a set of rules.

At Mindarie, our core behaviour values are demonstrated through the STARRS values: 

S – Students
T – Together
A – Achievieng and Learning
R – Respectful
R – Resilient
S – Safe

Each week our students are explicitly taught these values through classroom based activities and they are continuously encouraged to actively demonstrate behaviours derived from these values in the classroom, during break-times and as wider community members.

Students are awarded star stamps for the demonstration of our behavioural focus’, and each term, are rewarded with extra curricular PBS Reward Days. Please ensure that you check the newsletter for when these are announced. Teachers will also write a notice in students diaries to give notice of the rewards days. 

Staff have worked together to develop a PBS Matrix which is shown below. This clearly explains what each of these expectations mean in different areas of the school grounds. The PBS Committee meet three times per term, and use the PBS Matrix and PBS Term Schedule to teach these concepts to the students. The positive language used in the matrix is embedded into our school culture through teaching and learning programs, morning messages, assemblies and visuals displayed throughout the school. A number of verbal, non-verbal and tangibles are used to reinforce students who display the desired behaviour.

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