The school aims to manage children without coercion and in line with the NT DEET Safe Schools Code of Conduct. School and classroom rules are based on the right of the teacher to teach, the right of the students to learn, the right of everyone to be treated with respect no matter how they present. These rights carry with them responsibilities, which at their most basic, are:
- To respect self
- To respect others
- To respect property
The CFS Way
The CFS Way is a whole school positive program that aims at enhancing students skills , knowledge and capacity to become more respectful, responsible, caring and compassionate students while doing their best and having a fair go. The program is based on the premise that all behaviour happens for either of two reasons:
- To obtain something
- To avoid something or someone.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their work and actions. Teachers may reinforce and acknowledge good behaviour through classroom positive consequences such as:
- Special privileges – free-choice activities, monitors, stars of the week
- Participation in special class activities
- Notes to parents
- Raffle tickets (drawn at assembly)
- Token / House points systems
- Classroom celebrations of learning eg. sharing work at assembly or with the Principal / Assistant Principal.
- Displaying work on notice boards, in the library or in the front office
The CFS Way merit award forms the basis of our system of acknowledging compliance and celebrating successes. Merits are written specifically for the behaviour to be reinforced or acknowledged and are given for achieving personal best in work or behaviour. Teachers will let students know what they are being giving merits for at any given time e.g. “Today I am giving merits to everyone who remembers to put their hand up to speak.”
- 10 Merits = 1 Honour Award
- 10 Honour Awards = 1 Honour Distinction
- 10 Honour Distinctions = 1 Honour Supreme
- Honour Awards, Distinctions and Supremes are announced in the school newsletter and are given out at assemblies. Parents are encouraged to come to the assembly to also acknowledge their child’s efforts.
Thumbs Up for Students
Clyde Fenton’s wellbeing team designed a brand new award in 2009 to recognise children who display kindness and thoughtfulness to others. If a teacher sees an act of kindness outside during recess or lunch, or at the bus lines during the afternoon, the child will receive a “Thumbs Up” award. This award will be placed into our box in the library, and each fortnight at big assembly, two names will be drawn out. The lucky winners will receive a choice between an extra 20 CFS dollars to use at the shop, or an icy treat!
Thumbs Up for Staff
We also offer a similar recognition system for staff through the newsletter each week, wherein parents or students can nominate a staff member in appreciation of something they have done.
Lunchtime Reflection - Think Tank
CFS has a lunchtime reflection room—called ‘Think Tank’ where students will reflect upon choices they have made with a member of the Leadership Team.
Behaviours that warrant a Think Tank include:
- Continuous disruptive or off task behaviours
- Behaviour where the teacher has already implemented a reminder and a warning.
The Think Tank focuses on repeated behaviour with upgraded action which will involve contact with the parents when the student attends the Think Tank three times in a term. The focus of the Think Tank is on quiet discussion and the development of strategies to modify inappropriate behaviour.
Lunchtime Catch up - Doggo
CFS also has a recess and lunchtime facility to enable children who do not complete enough work or simply refuse to do any work to catch up on the work they have not attempted. (The name comes from the colloquial phrase 'dogging it'; subsequently this became known as 'doggo') In a supportive environment the children are encouraged to complete or at least attempt the work they did not complete in class time, and enable the teacher to better understand the child's challenges with the current work.
Behaviour Support - BSUP
For children who are not responding to our extensive SWPB rewards, or Think Tank and especially for those that bully we have BSUP. BSUP includes a suite of measures senior staff might employ to help the child avoid particular triggers or situations. These may include isolation, restricted access to play areas, working one on one in the Principal or A/P's office, family conferences, withdrawal from certain activities, referral to the SET or other service providers. All BSUP initiatives are devised to be positive and supportive whilst ensuring the emotional and physical safety of the children involved. The key idea is separating the root cause of the problem and the child, and teaching them new and different ways to manage their personal challenges.