Here at St. Joseph’s we believe that good behaviour is a key foundation of good education.
The ethos of the academy as expressed in its Statement of Mission includes a clear vision of the values which matter within the academy and its community.
As a Catholic academy, we take our values from the Gospel. These values include: respect for others; for property and the environment; honesty; trust and fairness; tolerance and compassion; and the virtues of self-respect and self-discipline.
It is our aim here at Saint Joseph's to assist children to grow up with a clear and acceptable view of what is right and wrong, appreciating the needs of others and of the society around them.
At Saint Joseph’s we believe rewards are more effective than sanctions, but at times sanctions are necessary.
Every child is entitled to ‘Golden Time’ in class on a Friday afternoon; this will be a fifteen minutes session from 14:20 until 14:35. Minutes can be taken from this time if a child has had an orange card during the week, they will miss 2 minutes or a red card 5 minutes. In some cases it may be necessary to remove minutes if a child is seriously miss behaving when outside of the classroom situation.
Special End of Term Awards
Special Golden Treats are awarded each half term, sometimes these will be on a class basis (usually the half term treat) but the end of full term treats will be organised as a school.
Behaviour certificates are awarded at the end of each half-term in a special assembly. These will be based upon the number of dojos they have accrued.
Invitation to Afternoon Tea.
Staff will have the opportunity to nominate pupils for Afternoon Tea with Mrs Pollard or a member of the senior management team. Only pupils who are well behaved are to be selected
Children who regularly work hard and are well behaved will be eligible for a Golden Ticket. On a Wednesday afternoon these children can come along to Mrs Pollard’s office with a piece of work they are proud of. It is important that all children are praised when they do well. They will have their photograph taken with their certificate and it will be sent to their parents / carers via classdojo.
Good Work Assembly.
As with good work, it is the policy of Saint Joseph's that the praising of good behaviour should have a higher priority than punishment. The highest form of praise for good work in the academy is the opportunity to be rewarded in the Good Work Assembly, on a Friday afternoon.. A different subject/area is selected each week from each class, plus there is a class trophy for sports, behaviour and academic progress which is awarded to each class on rota. All parents are invited to the assembly every week, parents are informed by text if their child is receiving an award.
Team Points are awarded to pupils who have produced an excellent piece of work or a greatly improved work/ as staff feel appropriate. The team points for the week are announced to the whole academy each week, the house colours are put on the shield.
Stickers are used primarily in Key Stage One, where they are the principal method of rewarding good work. Young children need frequent praise and encouragement in order to flourish and give of their best. It is the policy of the academy that the receiving of stickers in the infant years should be a daily feature of life for those pupils who are working to the best of their ability. In Key Stage Two stickers will be used where the teacher considers that they may be of value.
All teaching staff have access to the Teachers2Parents texting service and can send text messages to parents regarding any issue they feel deserves extra notice from home.
Dojos are an instant reward and allows the parents to be very involved in what is happening in the classroom and how the children are doing in class.
The children who are in school on time will receive a dojo, this means they can get two a day if they are in school on time. When they have 25 dojos they will have the opportunity to take part in the class ‘whizzy dojo’ and they will be able to put their name in the raffle jar. Three tickets will be drawn in the special end of term awards assembly (for a special prize). When they have 50 dojos they will be able to exchange their 50 dojo certificate for a prize from the 50 Dojo shop run by the school councilors each Friday.