On the Playground

Learners 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 Primary School:

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


Consequences are in place for learners who display inappropriate minor and major behaviours outside. Appropriate social behaviours are recognised through rewards.

Playground Rewards

Reward Morning Tea

Learners who are ‘caught’ making good behaviour choices are rewarded with a reinforcement ticket, also known as a fishy ticket. Learners put their fishy ticket in a year level box during break times. At Assembly, ten learners from across the school are drawn from the raffle boxes for a morning tea with the Principal.

Playground Consequences

Time Out

If a learner displays inappropriate minor 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 learner and the severity of the behaviour.

For major behaviours of physical or verbal violence, learners are sent to a Time Out location away from the playground. During this period of time out, the learner has the opportunity to discuss the event with a school leader and explore how to make things right. Parents are also contacted about this behaviour choice.

Red Card

If a learner 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 learner is sent to the Office to speak to the Principal / Deputy Principal / Designated Person in Charge.