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Vision

Pascoe Vale South Primary School’s vision is to develop global citizens who belong, learn and thrive.

Values

Pascoe Vale South Primary School’s values are Caring, Learning, Respect and Enjoyment.

We respect ourselves, our school and each other and understand that our attitudes and behaviours have an impact on the people around us.

We model and demonstrate caring and kindness, and take every opportunity to help others.

We engage with learning to expand our knowledge and skills.

Enjoyment is reflected in active involvement, contribution and promotion of a positive environment.

Behavioural expectations

Pascoe Vale South Primary School acknowledges that the behaviour of staff, parents, carers and students has an impact on our school community and culture. We acknowledge a shared responsibility to create a positive learning environment for the children and young people at our school.

As principals and school leaders, we will:

  • Work collaboratively to create a school environment where respectful and safe conduct is expected of everyone.
  • Behave in a manner consistent with the standards of our profession and meet core responsibilities to provide inclusive, safe and orderly environments.
  • Plan, implement and monitor arrangements to ensure the care, safety, security and general wellbeing of all students in attendance at the school is protected.
  • Identify and support students who are or may be at risk.
  • Do our best to ensure every child achieves their personal and learning potential.
  • Work with parents to understand their child’s needs and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
  • Respond appropriately when inclusive, safe or orderly behaviour is not demonstrated and implement appropriate interventions and sanctions when required.
  • Make known to parents the school’s communication and complaints procedures.
  • Ask any person who is acting in an offensive or disorderly way to leave the school grounds.

As teachers and all non-teaching staff, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to students consistent with the standards of our profession.
  • Proactively engage with parents about student outcomes.
  • Work with parents to understand the needs of each student and, where necessary, adapt the learning environment accordingly.
  • Work collaboratively with parents to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with additional needs.
  • Communicate with the principal and school leaders in the event we anticipate or face any tension or challenging behaviours from parents.
  • Treat all members of the school community with respect.

As parents, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to our child.
  • Ensure our child attends school on time, every day the school is open for instruction.
  • Take an interest in our child’s school and learning.
  • Work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for our child.
  • Communicate constructively with the school and use expected processes and protocols when raising concerns.
  • Support school staff to maintain a safe learning environment for all students.
  • Follow the school’s complaints processes if there are complaints.
  • Treat all school leaders, staff, students, and other members of the school community with respect.

As students, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to other students.
  • Comply with and model school values.
  • Behave in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Respect ourselves, other members of the school community and the school environment.
  • Actively participate in school.
  • Not disrupt the learning of others and make the most of our educational opportunities.

As community members, we will:

  • Model positive behaviour to the school community.
  • Treat other members of the school community with respect.
  • Support school staff to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.
  • Utilise the school’s communications policy to communicate with the school.

The Department of Education will:

  • Provide support and advice to principals to equip them to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
  • Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of students, parents and staff.
  • Provide practical guidance and resources to support schools respond to and prevent bullying and promote cyber-safety and wellbeing.
  • Provide access to evidence based resources and strategies to increase student safety, wellbeing and engagement.
  • Provide schools with practical and legal support as required.
  • Provide parents with practical guidance and resources to resolve conflicts with the school.

Unreasonable behaviours

Schools are not public places, and the Principal has the right to permit or deny entry to school grounds (for more information, see our Visitors Policy).

Unreasonable behaviour that is demonstrated by school staff, parents, carers, students or members of our school community will not be tolerated at school, or during school activities.

Unreasonable behaviour includes:

  • speaking or behaving in a rude, manipulative, aggressive or threatening way, either in person, via electronic communication or social media, or over the telephone
  • the use or threat of violence of any kind, including physically intimidating behaviour such as aggressive hand gestures or invading another person’s personal space
  • sending demanding, rude, confronting or threatening letters, emails or text messages
  • sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or derogatory comments
  • the use of social media or public forums to make inappropriate or threatening remarks about the school, staff or students.

Harassment, bullying, violence, aggression, threatening behaviour and unlawful discrimination are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school.

Unreasonable behaviour and/or failure to uphold the principles of this Statement of Values and School Philosophy may lead to further investigation and the implementation of appropriate consequences by the school Principal.

At the Principal’s discretion, unreasonable behaviour may be managed by:

  • requesting that the parties attend a mediation or counselling sessions
  • implementing specific communication protocols
  • written warnings
  • conditions of entry to school grounds or school activities
  • exclusion from school grounds or attendance at school activities
  • reports to Victoria Police
  • legal action

Inappropriate student behaviour will be managed in according with our school’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy and Bullying Prevention Policy.

Our Statement of Values and School Philosophy ensures that everyone in our school community will be treated with fairness and respect. In turn, we will strive to create a school that is inclusive and safe, where everyone is empowered to participate and learn.