In Learning Spaces

At St James the Apostle Primary School, we celebrate positive behaviour choices that lead to positive learning outcomes.


By having one set of clear expectations across the whole School, the learners are reminded that the same expectations apply to everyone – learners, staff, parents and visitors.

At St James the Apostle Primary School:

  • We are safe
  • We are responsible
  • We are respectful
  • We are learners

At the beginning of each year the expectations are discussed with learners so that they are understood by all. This way responsibility for actions can be fostered. Learners also engage in lessons that teach the positive and appropriate behaviour choices for each expectation.


Positive behaviours

Learners who make positive behaviour choices are regularly praised or given rewards, including ClassDojo points, free time or special prizes.

Minor undesired behaviours

Sometimes a learner’s behaviour choice is not appropriate. In these situations, a natural or otherwise appropriate consequence might apply. The use of Corporal Punishment is not allowed under any circumstance at St James the Apostle Primary School. Some consequences may include:

  • Time out
  • Restorative chat
  • Carrying out an action that repairs the relationship
  • Repairing an item
  • Cleaning up a space
  • Removal from a learning space

Major undesired behaviours

Some behaviour can be considered major and require following established procedures. Serious offences are defined as actions that:

  • Seriously transgress our Catholic Schools values of respect and love.
  • Consistently and deliberately fail to comply with any directions given by the principal, teachers or school staff.
  • Are offensive or dangerous to the physical or emotional health of any member of our community.
  • Consistently and deliberately interferes with the educational opportunities of other learners.

These behaviour choices may lead to a learner being immediately removed from the learning space, and will require a re-entry meeting if the behaviour choice is a physical one.