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Schools are complex environments, and we require policies and procedures to ensure we are all marching to the beat of the same drum. We believe our students feel safer knowing there are rules and processes for everyone to follow.
The Diocesan Education Council (DEC) assists the Bishop in formulating the Townsville Diocesan Catholic Education vision and identity. The DEC makes and monitors educational policies so that they are consistent with the Diocesan Mission Statement. The policy framework of the Diocesan Education Council provides a unifying focus for all Diocesan schools, and schools formulate additional policies to address operational aspects of school life.
Code of Conduct for Parents and Volunteers
All system schools in the Townsville Diocese have adopted a Code of Conduct for Parents and Volunteers, and all parents/carers are asked to abide by the rights, responsibilities and ethos outlined in this document.
St Joseph's Guide to Behaviour Management
Self-discipline is the aim and purpose of disciplinary practices. Discipline should be firm, just, consistent and impartial. Discipline is based on encouraging self respect, respect for others and respect for property.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School makes explicit its expectations regarding behaviour, with the adoption of the "Five Cs"– Courtesy, Co-operation, Common Sense, Care, and Consideration – which underpin our expectations and form the basis of talking to our students about their behaviour.
Students who do not follow the "Five Cs" by making negative behaviour choices will be encouraged to modify their behaviour and will be reminded that consequences apply for failing to meet our most basic requirements. Students who make positive choices will be affirmed by the staff and school. Our goal is not simply to stop irresponsible behaviour, but to enable our students to learn to behave responsibly.
I encourage parents and carers to become familiar with our Behaviour Management Booklet and to discuss it with your children. Having a common understanding of the ways in which Behaviour Management happens at St Joseph's will enable the school and families to consistently support students in their journey to becoming their best selves.
In monitoring children's behaviour with the classroom teachers, the Leadership Team may at times need to exercise discretion where extenuating circumstances adversely affect a child's behavioural responses.
Guide to Behaviour Management Documents
St Joseph's Catholic School, Mount Isa, is committed to ensuring a safe school environment for all students, with a focus on the critical area of student welfare. All schools in the Townsville Catholic Diocese have a comprehensive Student Protection program for all staff (teachers, school support staff and office staff) in the Diocese.
We consider all personal, sensitive and health information of parents or caregivers, students and prospective employees to be private and will only use information collected and recorded to fulfil the educational mission of the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Townsville.