Student Wellbeing
On the Playground

Students making positive behaviour choices outside ensure a safe environment for playing and relaxing.


The same expectations that apply in learning spaces also apply outside.

By having one set of clear expectations across the whole School, the students are reminded that the same expectations apply to everyone.

At St James the Apostle:

  • We are safe
  • We are responsible
  • We are respectful
  • We are learners
  • We keep our hands and feet to ourselves


Consequences are in place for students who display inappropriate behaviours outside and are not following the playground responsibilities. Appropriate social behaviours are recognised through rewards.

Playground Rewards

Reward Play

Students who have not been sent to the Think Room or received a Time Out on the playground during a specific fortnight are entitled to 10 minutes of extra play at recess on a specified day as a reward for good behaviour.

Playground Consequences

Time Out

If a student displays inappropriate behaviours such as:

  • Being out of bounds;
  • Rough play;
  • Inappropriate language;
  • Inappropriate use of equipment or kicking balls on Hard Surface days;
  • Spitting; or
  • Not responding to staff instructions;

the consequence of a period of time out on the playground applies. This time will depend on the age of the student and the severity of the behaviour.

Think Room

If a student displays physical or verbal violence towards another student/s by using their hands, feet or abusive language, the consequence of time in the Think Room applies.

While in the Think Room, students complete a behaviour sheet that allows them to reflect on their choices and explore how they will repair the relationship they have affected. This sheet is sent home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to School the following day.

Students in Years Prep to 2 spend 10 minutes in the Think Room. Students in Years 3 to 6 spend 20 minutes in the Think Room.

Red Card

If a student displays severely inappropriate behaviours such as

  • Destruction of property (including vandalism);
  • Verbal abuse of a staff member;
  • Leaving the School Grounds;

the consequence of a Red Card applies. When a Red Card is called, the student is sent to the Office to speak to the Principal / Deputy Principal / Designated Person in Charge.