The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students and members of our school community understand:
(a) our commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students
(b) expectations for positive student behaviour
(c) support available to students and families
(d) our school’s policies and procedures for responding to inappropriate student behaviour.
Chum Creek Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We understand that students reach their full potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe, and that a positive school culture helps to engage students and support them in their learning. Our school acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are closely linked.
The objective of this policy is to support our school to create and maintain a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment consistent with our school’s values.
This policy applies to all school activities, including camps and excursions.
Established in 1896, Chum Creek Primary School is a small rural school located in the Upper Yarra Valley. It is central to the Chum Creek community and currently caters for 63 students from Chum Creek, Healesville and surrounding areas. It has an excellent reputation for pastoral care, providing support for students and their families. The staff are committed to the welfare and development of students and foster a caring environment. Each student works and plays in a child-centred, developmentally appropriate learning environment that recognises, fosters and promotes the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child.
Chum Creek Primary School provides an enriching, supportive and motivating learning environment for all students. It has a long tradition of inclusive education embracing diversity within our community. Students are immersed in a broad and differentiated curriculum. We offer a broad range of wellbeing programs to promote student engagement in learning, student empowerment and a sense of connectedness and purpose. We seek to help build self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience in order for our students to approach future life experiences, opportunities and challenges with self-assurance and energy.
In small schools it is important that the children be given opportunities to mix with other small schools so that a wider peer group can be developed. The Wollombi Cluster actively encourages small schools to participate in combined camps, incursions, graduation ceremonies, sporting events and productions. We encourage self-discipline and foster an understanding of each child, their unique family circumstances and interests. We encourage student participation in the school and the community, provide authentic student leadership opportunities, and promote student voice through school wide decision making.
Chum Creek practices the 3 R’s: Respect, Resilience and Ready To Learn.
Chum Creek’s vision is to provide high quality education and to empower prepare our students to become active, engaged, confident and responsible citizens of the local and global community. The school aims to prepare students for a rapidly changing world in which creativity, collaboration, resourcefulness, connectedness to the world and adaptability are key features.
The important values of integrity, respect, caring and responsibility (for self and others) are central to our school. With these core values we seek to create a sustainable school climate where excellence is promoted, enjoyment of school life is highly valued and there is a deep sense of community and of belonging. The school also values excellence, creativity, innovation and inclusiveness.
Chum Creek Primary School will implement a whole-school behaviour management approach that is based on strong school values and Restorative practices. The key focus will be on prevention and early intervention strategies to promote engagement, positive behaviour and respectful relationships for all students in the school. We work collaboratively with students and parents/ carers to establish fair and respectful behaviour policies and practices, based on the school’s values, expected social competencies and positive peer relationships.
Student engagement, regular attendance and positive behaviours will be supported through the following relationship based whole-school and classroom practices:
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Chum Creek Primary School implements a range of strategies that support and promote individual engagement. These can include:
Where necessary the school will support the student’s family to engage by:
Chum Creek Primary School is committed to providing the necessary support to ensure our students are supported intellectually, emotionally and socially. The Student Wellbeing team plays a significant role in developing and implementing strategies help identify students in need of support and enhance student wellbeing. Chum Creek Primary School will utilise the following information and tools to identify students in need of extra emotional, social or educational support:
All members of our school community have a right to experience a safe and supportive school environment. We expect that all students, staff, parents and carers treat each other with respect and dignity. Our school’s Statement of Values highlights the rights and responsibilities of members of our community.
Students have the right to:
Students have the responsibility to:
Students who may have a complaint or concern about something that has happened at school are encouraged to speak to their parents or carers and approach a trusted teacher or a member of the school leadership team.
Behavioural expectations of students, staff and families are grounded in our school’s Statement of Values. Student bullying behaviour will be responded to consistently with Chum Creek Primary School’s Bullying policy.
When a student acts in breach of the behaviour standards of our school community, Chum Creek Primary School will institute a staged response, consistent with the Department’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidelines and Behaviour policy. Where appropriate, parents will be informed about the inappropriate behaviour and the disciplinary action taken by teachers and other school staff.
Our school considers, explores and implement positive and non-punitive interventions to support student behaviour before considering disciplinary measures such as detention, withdrawal of privileges or withdrawal from class.
Disciplinary measures may be used as part of a staged response to inappropriate behaviour in combination with other engagement and support strategies to ensure that factors that may have contributed to the student’s behaviour are identified and addressed. Disciplinary measures at our school will be applied fairly and consistently. Students will always be provided with an opportunity to be heard.
Disciplinary measures that may be applied include:
Suspension, expulsion and restrictive interventions are measures of last resort and may only be used in situations consistent with Department policy, available at:
In line with Ministerial Order 1125, no student aged 8 or younger will be expelled without the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.
The Principal of Chum Creek Primary School is responsible for ensuring all suspensions and expulsions are recorded on CASES21.
Corporal punishment is prohibited in our school and will not be used in any circumstance.
Chum Creek Primary School values the input of parents and carers, and we will strive to support families to engage in their child’s learning and build their capacity as active learners. We aim to be partners in learning with parents and carers in our school community.
We work hard to create successful partnerships with parents and carers by:
Chum Creek Primary School will collect data each year to understand the frequency and types of wellbeing issues that are experienced by our students so that we can measure the success or otherwise of our school based strategies and identify emerging trends or needs.
Sources of data that will be assessed on an annual basis include:
Chum Creek Primary School will also regularly monitor available data dashboards to ensure any wellbeing or engagement issues are acted upon in a timely manner and any intervention occurs as soon as possible.
This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:
[Include links where possible to your related policies including Statement of Values and School Philosophy, Bullying Prevention, Child Safe Standards, etc].