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  • Murrumba State Secondary College Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students

    Based on The Code of College Behaviour

    Purpose Murrumba State Secondary College is committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff, where students have opportunities to engage in quality learning experiences and acquire values supportive of their lifelong development and wellbeing. The “Murrumba State Secondary College Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students” outlines our community response to the “Code of College Behaviour” as set out by Education Queensland (http://education.qld.gov.au/publication/production/reports/pdfs/code- college-behaviour-a4.pdf). Families are asked to familiarise themselves with these two documents and agree to their conditions as a term of enrolment at Murrumba State Secondary College.

    Consultation and Data Review Murrumba State Secondary College is committed to provisions that ensure all our students have a right to and receive a quality education. Our college values will be the beacon that guide our students and instill the essence of what makes us unique. Every teacher, every student and every visitor to Murrumba State Secondary College will be expected to adopt these values and be proud to champion them. Our College values underpin our approach to supporting students throughout their high college years.

     Respect - showing respect for self, for the dignity of others, our college, our world

     Pride - celebrating excellence and sharing our successes

     Resilience - picking ourselves up in the face of adversity, refocusing and never giving in

     Community - forming strong networks as active citizens in a global community

     Quality Learning - our passion for learning and desire to grow This plan articulates how our College values influence the way we behave and learn and shape our rights and responsibilities as a college community. It also articulates how we facilitate standards of positive behaviour and focus on natural justice principles when determining consequences for unacceptable behaviours. Murrumba State Secondary College is committed to providing a supportive college environment where all members feel safe and valued; where social and academic learning outcomes are maximised for all through a quality curriculum; interpersonal relationships and college organisation; where college practices are proactive rather than reactive and where appropriate and non- discriminatory language and behaviours are defined, modelled and reinforced. Our Responsible Behaviour Plan, therefore, sets out to:

     Promote a supportive environment so all members of the community can work together in creating a caring, productive and safe environment for learning and teaching

     Encourage all students to take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour and the consequences of their actions.

     Value and develop staff expertise

     Maximize the educational and social opportunities and outcomes for all students.

    http://education.qld.gov.au/publication/production/reports/pdfs/code-school-behaviour-a4.pdf http://education.qld.gov.au/publication/production/reports/pdfs/code-school-behaviour-a4.pdf

  • Consultation and data review The original version of this plan was developed in consultation with the Murrumba Parent Consultation Committee prior to the College opening 2012. In view of our belief that we always continue to learn and grow, the plan will be reviewed annually to reflect assessment of implementation, some feedback from staff, student and parents.

    College beliefs about behaviour and learning At Murrumba State Secondary College, we promote academic excellence, leadership and striving for personal bests as the platform upon which to become responsible and proactive citizens. Closely aligned to the Education Queensland Code of College Behaviour, our plan has been designed to deliver the best possible outcomes for students, recognizing the close relationship between learning, achievement and behaviour. Our commitment to retaining students and having clear and high learning expectations mirrors the priorities identified in DETA strategic plans and the broader goals identified by government. Our plan respects the rights and responsibilities of all members of our college community and works to ensure consistency and fairness for all. a) Student behaviour is an educational issue rather than just a management issue. Classroom management skills and strategies are important and should be part of the total curriculum (formal and informal) and college organisation. b) Parents play a primary role in supporting and nurturing their children and we strive to gain parental input and involvement at Murrumba State Secondary College. c) Students learn best when they:

    • are treated with understanding, respect and politeness • feel safe • feel challenged and engaged with the tasks they are completing • feel pride in their achievements • can work in a supportive classroom environment • are emotionally and physically well • feel belonging in the college community and have opportunities to express their opinions and stay informed • share and adhere to our college values

    c) There are inherent rights and responsibilities that come with being a student at Murrumba State Secondary College. Responsibilities are what we should do without being told. Some of these things we do for others and some of these we should do for ourselves. A right is that to which we are entitled for as long as we accept our responsibilities.

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities Responsibilities Rights 1. I have the responsibility to treat others with understanding (e.g. not to laugh at others, tease or try to hurt their feelings.)

    I have the right to be happy and to be treated with understanding.

    2. I have the responsibility to treat others politely and with respect irrespective of their race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, ability or disability.I have the responsibility to respect the authority of all staff – teaching and non-teaching.

    I have the right to be treated with respect and politeness.

    3. I have the responsibility to make the college safe by not threatening, bullying, harassing or hurting anyone in anyway.

    I have the right to be safe.

    4. I have the responsibility to get maximum value from my classes by:

     keeping up to date with required work.

     behaving so as not to interfere with other students’ right to learn

     being punctual, attending college regularly and taking part in activities that will be of benefit to me consolidating my learning through revision, daily review and homework.

    I have the right to obtain maximum benefit from all learning experiences.

    5. I have the responsibility to support and acknowledge the achievement of others.

    I have the right to be proud of my achievements.

    6. I have the responsibility to respect other people’s property by not stealing, damaging or interfering with it.

    I have the right to expect my property to be safe.

    7. I have the responsibility to report any defects in furniture and building. I accept that staff may be more aware of dangers than I am and I will heed their advice.

    I have the right to work and relax in a safe environment.

    8. I have the responsibility to protect my health and not smoke cigarettes, take drugs or alcoholic drinks or encourage other students to do so.

    I have the right not to be pressured into health damaging habits.

    9. I have the responsibility to express my opinions in a non-aggressive manner and at an appropriate time.

    I have the right to express my opinions in an appropriate manner and at the appropriate time.

    10. I have the responsibility to ensure I hear the daily notices.

    I have the right to be kept fully informed about all college activities.

    11. I have the responsibility to care for the college environment, to keep it clean and free from litter.

    I have the right to have a pleasant clean and well maintained college and grounds.

    12. I have the responsibility to behave and dress in a way that will display pride in my appearance, respect for myself and my college.

    I have the right to be proud of my college’s appearance and reputation.

    13. I have the responsibility to behave in a way that contributes to an effective learning environment.

    I have the right to expect effective teaching and appropriate management of students.

    Conclusion

    I have the responsibility to protect my rights and the rights of others at all times.

    I have the right to expect that all these rights will be mine so long as I am carrying out my full responsibilities.

  • Processes for facilitating standards of positive behaviour and responding to unacceptable behaviour

     Universal behaviour support Our emphasis on values provides the impetus for these to be translated into desirable behaviours for members of our community. The Rights and Responsibilities tabled previously, describe those behaviours. Responsible behaviour begins with the individual and we at Murrumba State Secondary College promote an environment which encourages responsible choices by students according to the values, and vision that we have determined. Our processes are aligned to Education Queensland’s Code of School Behaviour. These Rights and Re

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