Responsible Behaviour Plan 2009

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					Capalaba State College

 Responsible Behaviour
   Plan for Students
  Based on The Code of School Behaviour

                                     Version 11/11/08
                          Capalaba State College


Education Queensland is committed to provisions that ensure all young
Queenslanders have a right to, and receive, a quality education.

Capalaba State College is committed to providing quality learning
opportunities that enable all students to achieve, within a safe,
supportive and disciplined environment. In order to meet this
commitment, all members of the school community must abide by
Education Queensland’s Policy, The Code of School Behaviour. This
policy outlines a consistent standard of behaviour for all state school
communities, inclusive of students, staff and parents.

The College has developed a Responsible Behaviour Plan for
Students based on The Code of School Behaviour which details the
particular strategies employed by our school community to promote
appropriate behaviour as well as consequences for unacceptable

Capalaba State College’s Responsible Behaviour Plan has been
developed in consultation with the school community and is endorsed
by the College Principal, P&C President and Executive Director
(Schools), South East Brisbane District.

School Beliefs about Behaviour and Learning
The Capalaba State College Responsible Behaviour Plan is
underpinned by our aspiration for every student to be encouraged and
supported to reach their maximum potential. As a college we work
together – students, staff and parents/caregivers – to provide a positive
learning environment that promotes high standards of achievement
and behaviour for all students.

At Capalaba State College we believe that:

• All students can learn and are capable of reaching high standards of
  personal achievement and behaviour
• All students have individual needs and abilities
• Students should be active participants in decisions about their

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• Strong,    positive  relationships   between     students,   staff,
  parents/caregivers and the wider community contribute to positive
  student behaviour
• Staff commitment to their own continuous learning enables them to
  deliver an inclusive and engaging curriculum through innovative
  teaching and learning strategies which contributes to positive
  classroom behaviour

Processes for facilitating standards of behaviour
and responding to unacceptable behaviour
Essential to effective learning is a safe, supportive and disciplined
environment that respects the following rights.

• The rights of all students to learn
• The rights of all teachers to teach
• The rights of all people to be safe

To ensure that these standards are met, the following responsibilities
are expected.

Community members
• All members of the school community are expected to conduct
  themselves in a lawful, ethical, safe and responsible manner that
  recognises and respects the rights of others.

Students are expected to:
• actively participate in the school’s educational program
• take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning
• demonstrate respect for themselves, other members of the school
  community and the school environment
• behave in a manner that respects the rights of others, including the
  right to learn
• cooperate with staff and others in authority

Parents are expected to:
• show an active interest in their child’s schooling and progress
• cooperate with the school to achieve the best outcomes for their
• support school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning
  environment for all students

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• initiate and maintain constructive communication and relationships
  with school staff regarding their child’s learning, wellbeing and
• contribute positively to behaviour support plans that concern their

• Staff are expected to maintain high standards of ethical behaviour as
  established in the Department of Education’s Code of Conduct.

Capalaba State College offers a range of programs, strategies and
opportunities for establishing, encouraging and maintaining positive
behavioural expectations within our school.

For the majority of our students this day-to-day proactive approach is
all that is required. However, a small number of individual students
need to be supported with additional meaningful intervention.
Capalaba State College’s approach considers support from the
following perspectives:

    • Whole of college support
    • Targeted and classroom support
    • Intensive individual student support

Whole-College behaviour support
A whole of college approach means everybody committing to the
provision of a safe and supportive learning environment – a positive
learning environment where all members of the college family are
aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Programs which support the framework of Rights and Responsibilities
for Students include programs such as “You Can Do It” and “Aussie
Optimism.” Programs such as these seek to reform school culture and
educational programs in order that all students are equipped with the
attitudes and values that are the foundations for:

•     academic achievement,
•     sound interpersonal relationships,
•     overall healthy psychological living, as well as,
•     the eventual successful transition from school to work, further
      education and adult life.

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Targeted behaviour support

Targeted behaviour support occurs around a specific setting, issue,
student or group of students. Development and implementation of
targeted support is team based and develops strategies that prevent or
minimise the occurrence. Where targeted or individual support occurs
in the classroom setting, this support is in alignment with our whole
college approach to behaviour support and procedures.

Intensive behaviour support

Students who have had targeted support and are still at risk of
significant educational under-achievement due to their inappropriate
behaviours, are identified as needing intensive support. In these
circumstances, an individual student program of support will be
developed through a collaborative consultative process involving the
student, parents/caregivers, teachers, and other relevant support
personnel such as the Guidance Officer, Advisory Visiting Teachers for
Learning Difficulties or Behaviour Management, Deputy Principal or

Unacceptable Behaviour
Capalaba State College has a high expectation of exemplary student
behaviour. We believe that all members of the College family
(students, staff, parents/caregivers) have a responsibility to work
together to develop and maintain a positive learning environment in
which all students can achieve to their full potential.

This can be achieved by adhering to these College expectations:
   • Be Responsible
   • Be Respectful
   • Be Safe
   • Be Positive
   • Be a Learner

The following are some examples of unacceptable behaviours:
  • Insolence, swearing, abusive or offensive language
  • Disobedient behaviour including damaging school property, failure
    to comply with the College Dress Code, failure to participate in the
    program of instruction, eg. failure to complete class

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      work/homework and/or breach of assessment policy, dishonesty,
      plagiarism, cheating or falsifying results
  •   Disruptive behaviours that interfere with the rights of others to
      enjoy a positive learning environment
  •   Persistent and willful refusal to comply with instructions
  •   Truancy
  •   Antisocial behaviour – including bullying and harassment,
      unacceptable moral behaviour, inciting others to be disobedient
  •   Violent, dangerous, threatening or unlawful behaviour
  •   Breach of College Technology Code or inappropriate use of
      electronic media.

Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour

To ensure alignment with the Code of School Behaviour when applying
consequences, the individual circumstances and actions of the student
and the needs and rights of college community members will be
considered at all times.

Capalaba State College uses a range and level of consequences

  •   Reprimand, detention, restitution
  •   Confiscation of inappropriate/misused items
  •   Parent/guardian contact
  •   Strategies for monitoring attendance, behaviour and learning
  •   Withdrawal from class
  •   Modified timetable/attendance
  •   Referral to Year Coordinator, School Support Personnel (including
      Guidance Officer), Heads of Department, Deputy Principal, Heads
      of School, Positive Learning Centre placement, external
      government agencies
  •   Work with behaviour support personnel
  •   Referral to external agencies and alternate programs
  •   Suspension 1-5 days, suspension 6-20 days
  •   Cancellation of enrolment for post compulsory age students for
      non-participation for a period of up to 12 months
  •   Participation in a Behaviour Improvement Condition (BIC)
  •   Suspension with recommendation for exclusion.

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The Network of Student Support
The network of student support is wide and varied and utilized
according to the specific needs of individual students at any point in
time. These include:-
   - classroom teachers
   - parents and guardians
   - teacher aides
   - office staff
   - guidance officers
   - School Health Nurse
   - Advisory Visiting Teachers for ASD, behaviour and learning
   - Special Education Unit
   - Administration
   - Other agencies including Child Youth and Mental Health
       Service, Management of Young Children Program, Department
       of Child Protection, Lifeline, Youth Support Centre, Department
       of Child Safety, Police, Disability Services

Consideration of Individual Differences
When applying individual behaviour support or applying consequences
for inappropriate behaviour, Capalaba State College take into
consideration the individual circumstances of students. This includes
context, emotional well being, culture, gender, race, socio-economic
situation and impairment to ensure that responses are fair and

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                                 Behaviour and Consequences
The following is a list of possible behaviours The final decision on any disciplinary action
that would be considered inappropriate in a     will be based on a case by case examination
supportive and safe school environment.         of the facts. Possible consequences may
However, this is not an exhaustive list.        include, but not be limited to, the following -
Inappropriate Behaviours –Low Level             Possible Consequence for Low Level
Behave Responsibly – examples of breaches       Staff member Intervention:
   • Disrupting learning                            • Warning
   • Playing in the wrong area                      • Rule Reminder
   • Being in an out of bounds area                 • Student Behaviour Referral Sheet -
   • Eating/drinking in the wrong place
   • Littering
   • Non-compliance with the College’s Dress Logical consequence:
       Code                                         • Supervised timeout
Behave Respectfully – examples of breaches          • Accompany a teacher on playground
   • Misuse of equipment                                duty
   • Bad Manners                                    • Confiscation of item/s
   • Not using appropriate language                 • Parental contact
   • Not following a staff member’s directions      • Lunch time detentions
   • Inappropriate use of electronic media          • After school detentions
        Behave Safely – examples of breaches        • Use of monitoring sheets
   • Not following the sun safe policy              • Restorative action
   • Not following ‘No Touch’ policy
   • Running on hard surfaces and in

Inappropriate Behaviours–High Level                  Possible Consequence for High Level
   •   Persistently disruptive behaviour             Logical Consequence:
       adversely affecting others                       • Staff member intervention
   •   Persistent non-compliance                        • Admin intervention
   •   Refusal to participate in the programs of        • Mediation
       instruction                                      • Confiscation of item/s
   •   Inappropriate use of electronic media,           • Parental contact
       communication, recording devices,                • Time out/detention
       personal technology devices                      • Referral to support specialists, eg. GO,
   •   Verbal or non verbal misconduct –                    AVT, SBYN, external agencies etc.
        a) involving an adult;                       Referral to Administration
        b) involving a student                          • Time Out/detention
   •   Physical misconduct involving an object          • In school withdrawal
       – a) involving an adult;                         • Loss of privileges
       b) involving a student                           • Restorative action
   •   Physical misconduct not involving an             • Suspension 1-5 days
       object - a) involving an adult;                  • Suspension 6-20 days
       b) involving a student                           • Behavioural Improvement Condition
   •   Property misconduct                              • Suspension with a recommendation for
   •   Substance misconduct                                 exclusion
   •   Persistent Truancy
   •   Unsafe behaviour

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Related legislation
  •   Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
  •   Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006
  •   Criminal Code Act 1899
  •   Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
  •   Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
      Act 2000
  •   Judicial Review Act 1991
  •   Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
  •   Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 1997
  •   Freedom of Information Act 1992
  •   Transport Operations (Passenger Transport) Regulations 2005

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Related policies
  • SMS-PR-021: Safe, Supportive and Disciplined School
  • CRP-PR-009: Inclusive Education
  • SMS-PR-022: Student Dress Code
  • SMS-PR-012: Student Protection
  • SMS-PR-018: Information Sharing under Child Protection Act
  • SMS-PR-008: Family Law Matters Affecting State Educational
  • SMS-PR-019: Mature Age Students
  • SMS-PR-017: Enforcement of Compulsory Education Provisions
  • SMS-PR-031: Flexible Arrangements
  • SCM-PR-005: School Security
  • SCM-PR-006: Hostile People on School Premises, Wilful
    Disturbance and Trespass
  • HLS-PR-012: Curriculum Activity Risk Management
  • GVR-PR-001: Police Interviews and Police or Staff Searches at
    State Educational Institutions
  • CRP-PR-005: Drug Education and Intervention in Schools
  • HLS-PR-009: Administration of Routine and Emergency
    Medication and Management of Health Conditions
  • CMR-PR-001: Complaints Management
  • LGS-PR-002: Freedom of Information
  • SMS-PR-001: Publishing Student and Staff Information on
    School Web Sites
  • IFM-PR-004: Managing Electronic Identities
  • SCM-PR-003: Appropriate Use of Mobile Telephones and other
    Electronic Equipment by Students
  • SMS-PR-024: Internet - Student Usage
  • WFR-PR-005: Code of Conduct
  • SDV-PR-001: Employee Professional Development

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Some related resources
 • National Safe Schools Framework
 • National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools
 • National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools –
   Queensland (
 • National Safe Schools Week
 • Bullying. No Way! (
 • MindMatters (
 • School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
 • Code of Conduct for School Students Travelling on Buses

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