Learn Well, Live Responsibly and Look After Each Other!

14/8/2018
Our Lady Queen of Peace PBS4L mascot Lorry the Lorikeet in full swing
Our Lady Queen of Peace PBS4L mascot Lorry the Lorikeet in full swing!

Our Lady Queen of Peace (OLQP) Greystanes celebrated the positive culture in their school community with the recent launch of the Positive Behaviour Support For Learning (PBS4L) framework. OLQP celebrated the launch amongst a sea of colour and a flurry of excitement.

OLQP Principal Michael Hopley said a lot of planning and collaboration with staff, students and parents had gone into setting the foundations for the framework so that they would get the best possible outcomes for the students.

As part of the PBS4L framework, the school has nominated three key behavioral expectations: Learn Well, Live Responsibly and Look After Each Other.

Also, thanks to Year 6 student Sarah Gibson, they have their own PBS4L mascot Lorry the Lorikeet. Sarah came up with the mascot design last year.

 

Students receive their PBS4L awards
Students receive their PBS4L awards for demonstrating OLQP’s school expectations of Learn Well, Look After Each Other and Live Responsibly.

When students demonstrate that their behaviour matches the key expectations, they can earn themselves a Lorry token, which is put into a special basket in their classroom. Once the students have filled the basket they get a prize.

CEDP K-12 Wellbeing Coordinator and clinical psychologist Anoushka Houseman said research shows that schools implementing the PBS4L framework not only improve their social and academic outcomes, but also the culture of the school becomes much more positive and inclusive.

“PBS4L is not just for schools experiencing difficult behaviours or for difficult students – it’s for all schools and all students,’’ Mrs Houseman said.

“The reality is that we can’t make students learn or behave but we can certainly set up school environments to substantially increase the likelihood that they will!”

“This involves not just the students but the whole school community, including staff and parents.”

 

Mr La Rosa with his daughter Alexcis and Brianna Farrugia
Mr La Rosa with his daughter Alexcis and Brianna Farrugia at PBS4L launch day picnic.

Katherine McDonald, a mum of a Year 1 and Year 4 student said she thinks PBS4L is a good initiative.

“The kids know all about it and they love Lorry, and the whole rewards system. I like it because it teaches them about values and is consistent from Kindergarten to Year 6,’’ Mrs McDonald said.

Fellow parent Vita Greene said she likes how it has been implemented and how the whole school community is on board from the teachers, students, staff and parents.

Mrs Houseman said research has shown repeatedly that by implementing school-wide initiatives such as PBS4L which promote the overall well being of students, academic outcomes of students improve.

“When students feel safe, cared for and have a sense of belonging to a positive community with shared values and goals, they are able to achieve their potential with all aspects of their learning.”

 

Students like Giorgio Sergi and Laudi Elias enjoyed the fun activities at the PBS4L launch
Students like Giorgio Sergi and Laudi Elias enjoyed the fun activities at the PBS4L launch

CEDP Leading Teacher and PBS4L Coach at OLQP Lee-Anne Culnane added, “Having PBS4L at OLQP also means that teachers have access to evidence-based professional learning that promotes effective classroom practices that are not only targeted at increasing positive behaviour within the classroom but also focused on increasing student engagement when it comes to learning tasks.”

 

Posted By CathEd Parra at 20/08/2018 11:41:52 AM
 
   
  
 

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