Ashdale Primary School (APS) is committed to creating positive learning environments by developing proactive whole school systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours. At APS, we understand that there are direct links between student behaviour and their engagement in the teaching and learning programs. As such, we strive to provide relevant and appropriate teaching and learning programs that are inclusive, engaging and motivating for all students.
At APS we understand that students need to learn and develop emotional intelligence to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. When students are taught emotional intelligence - how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life.
Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship.
The aim of our Student Learning and Wellbeing Policy is to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment for learning where the focus is on engaging ALL students and where high quality, positive relationships are developed between staff and students at APS. At APS we believe;
- Every student is capable of successful learning
- In building and maintaining positive, caring relationships between staff, students and parents
- In the importance of mutual trust and support between school and families in order to maximise student learning and well-being
- In teaching and developing Emotional Intelligence in ourselves and others
- In building learning environments that are safe, respectful, tolerant, inclusive and promote intellectual rigour (National School Improvement Tool).
We have developed a matrix based on the behaviours, staff and students believe are important to demonstrate. We have sorted these behaviours into our PERCS values. These values stand for Perseverance, Excellence, Respect, Cooperation, Self-Discipline. Each value is represented by a mascot and their own slogan, this link to both our factions and Ashdale School Song.
Our PERCS Matrix has ideas on how to demonstrate these values in various settings across the school.