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Behaviour management

Our school community has identified the following school rules to teach and promote our high standards of responsible behaviour:

·                    Be Prepared

·                    Act responsibly

·                    Work as a team

·                    Show respect

These behaviour expectations have been embodied into a highly visible and easily remembered acronym PAWS. These four underpinning behaviour expectations have been agreed upon and endorsed by all staff and our school P&C. They are aligned with the values, principles and expected standards outlined in Education Queensland’s Code of School Behaviour.  

1.   Processes for facilitating standards of positive behaviour and responding to unacceptable behaviour Universal Behaviour Support


The first step in facilitating standards of positive behaviour is communicating those standards to all students. At Mayfield State School we emphasise the importance of directly teaching students the behaviours we want them to demonstrate at school. Communicating behavioural expectations is a form of universal behaviour support - a strategy directed towards all students designed to prevent inappropriate behaviour and provide a framework for responding to unacceptable behaviour. 

In order to raise awareness of these expectations and embed exactly what these behaviours look like in different situations, a matrix of behaviours and the locations in which they take place has been created.

Click here to view the SWPBS Universal Behaviour Expectations PAWS

These expectations are communicated to students via a number of strategies, including:

·         Explicit behaviour lessons conducted by classroom teachers;

·         Reinforcement of learning from behaviour lessons on School Assemblies and during active supervision by staff during classroom and non-classroom activities.

·         Display of matrix in every classroom.

·         Display of posters of PAWS and/or Mayfield Lion Mascot reminding children of their responsibilities.


Mayfield State School implements the following proactive and preventative processes and strategies to support student behaviour:


·         A dedicated section of the school newsletter, enabling parents to be actively and positively involved in school behaviour expectations.

·         School Behaviour Leadership team members’ regular provision of information to staff and parents, and support to others in sharing successful practices

·         Comprehensive induction programs in the Mayfield State School Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students delivered to new students as well as new and relief staff.

·         Individual support profiles developed for students with high behavioural needs, enabling staff to make the necessary adjustments to support these students consistently across all classroom and non-classroom settings.  

·         Development of specific policies to address:

o   The Use of Personal Technology Devices* at School (Appendix 1)

o    Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Incidents of Bullying (Appendix 2)


Reinforcing expected school behaviour

At Mayfield State School, communication of our key messages about behaviour is backed up through reinforcement, which provides students with feedback for engaging in expected school behaviour.  A formal recognition and monitoring system has been developed.   This reinforcement system is designed to increase the quantity and quality of positive interactions between students and staff. All staff members are trained to give consistent and appropriate acknowledgement and rewards. 

Mayfield State School Positive Notice – PAWS Card

Staff members hand out PAWS cards each day to students they observe following school rules in both classroom and non-classroom areas.  This reinforcement occurs continuously throughout the day.  When they observe a student following the rules they can choose to give them a PAWS.  When students are given a PAWS, they drop the card in one of three Collection Boxes labelled with the name of each of the school’s sporting houses found in the office. Each PAWS in a box counts towards a house points tally and the winning team win a perpetual trophy and receive an ice cream at the end of the year.