Positive Student Behaviours maximise learning for all students. At Lara Secondary College we have clear approaches and processes that we follow to maximise the development of positive student behaviours. Students are taught about our school values of Respect, Commitment, Teamwork and Excellence. The behaviours associated with these Values are also explicitly taught. Students learn about the value of developing good learning behaviours and how these promote learning.
At Lara Secondary College, the philosophy of Restorative Practices underpins our approach to student wrong doing. Young people make mistakes. The important thing is that they learn from them. The philosophy of Restorative Practice is when a student does something wrong, we work to help them accept the responsibility for that behaviour, understand the way their behaviour has impacted others, and do what they can to make things right. This doesn’t mean that we don’t implement consequences for inappropriate behaviour, we do. But along with the consequence, we aim to support students to learn from their mistakes.
School Wide Positive Behaviours Support (SWPBS)
Is an evidence based framework which we are currently implementing to promote continued positive behaviour in our school, and involves all members of the school community. It aims to create a positive school climate and culture of student competence, teach behavior and social skills to support improvement in academic skills. It recognises good behaviour, builds positive student-teacher relationships, and maximises academic engagement and achievement for all students.
Positive Behaviours and Values Education
At years 7-9 our Anti-Bullying/Harassment Curriculum includes students being educated in their TLC classes about appropriate behaviour with a focus on social media.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in decision making about many aspects of the school program and operations through a variety of means. Student focus groups are conducted once per term with each year level in order to gain feedback to inform teachers of areas for improvement and areas that are working well. Our students are also regularly surveyed by their teachers in order for our teaching staff to gain feedback on areas they can improve to help our students learn more effectively.
Student Representative Council (SRC) provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills amongst their peers. The students in SRC consist of the school captains and representatives from each year level; who act as a voice for the student population and an opportunity to create change in the college.
Opportunities for student leadership are created through:
- College Captains
- Student Representative Council
- House Captaincy
- Peer Mediation Programs
- Representing the College at summits or forums
- Leading and coaching sporting teams
- Attendance at regularly held College forums relating to issues which impact on students
- Membership of College Council