Positive Behaviour Support

Positive Behaviour Statement Purpose Statement
At Ripponlea we care about ourselves, others, our learning and our school.  We create an environment where we can grow and learn, and connect our actions with outcomes.  This helps us to make good decisions.

We are proud to have joined the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) initiative. PBS is an evidence based, whole school framework designed to promote and maintain a respectful and safe learning environment for all students and staff. Its purpose is to improve educational and behaviour outcomes. Across all school settings, expected behaviours are identified and explicitly taught. PBS defines our core expected behaviours, which are:

  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Safety

Students and staff worked together to compile the Positive Behaviour Expectations Matrix which means it is a true reflection of the behaviours that are important to our learning community. Expected behaviours are clearly displayed in each classroom in the form of an abridged matrix, which focusses on learning areas and all areas of the school.

PBS Matrix for Classroom

Positive behaviours are acknowledged within classrooms and all school settings through a token system. Students who exhibit our expected behaviours are recognised with a token and a verbal acknowledgement of the behaviour that they have demonstrated.


Positive Behaviour Student and Parent Handbook

Student Leadership hold a draw each fortnight during assembly in which four students from each year level are selected to receive an award and a place on our Bravo Wall outside the office.

Additional areas of our Positive Behaviour Expectations Matrix will be gradually introduced and explicitly taught to students. 

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we… teach?.. punish?
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?”

– (Herner, 1998)


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