At St Thomas Aquinas we operate a “steps” system for those children who choose not to make the “right choices”.
The expectation is that positive reinforcement will play the major role in any system of Student Behaviour
We have kept our school rules as short and few in numbers to aide in clarity for pupils, parents and staff.
Our three rules are:
1. Respect for People
2. Respect for Learning
3. Respect for Property and the Environment
When a child blatantly breaks one of these school rules in a non-class contact time (before and after school,
interval and lunch times) they are placed on a step, usually step one, of our five-step plan.
If a school rule is broken:
The particular rule is discussed with the child who repeats the rule broken so that they understand it, and
apologizes to those involved. An instant consequence such as community service maybe used if the teacher deems it
For acts of violence or verbal abuse children are immediately placed on step two.
The child has a period of isolation from playground activities or is set community service tasks to do during
his/her interval breaks. If deemed necessary the Principal will contact the parents to outline the incidents and
A meeting will be held with parents, teacher and
Principal to develop a behaviour contract.
Outside agencies involved and parents are briefed on
stand down procedures.
The child and parents meet with the BOT discipline
committee. This is to review the child’s future at St Thomas Aquinas School or, if stood down, to assist in finding
the child an alternative option.
If children re-offend on a regular basis they will move one step up the scale. The Principal will also contact
parents should the child escalate up the steps.
Contact us to learn more.