Behaviour and Discipline.
St. Joseph’s has the reputation of being a well ordered community where effective teaching and learning can take place within an environment that is safe, secure and purposeful. Our Mission Statement is clear that “everybody is valued and respected’ which allows us to build a learning community in which we ‘strive for academic excellence’.
The school community expects the highest standards of behaviour from its members, and we encourage all to follow the St. Joseph’s Way
Joeys should always be;
On time to class and have an
Excellent attitude to learning.
Yearn to achieve the impossible and be
The above has been devised for the good of everyone in our community. Students who respect our code of conduct are rewarded in a number of ways and we believe that our guidance in doing so prepares our students for life as a Christian adult in society. We firmly believe that a positive system of praise, encouragement and reward is the most important way of fulfilling our Mission Statement.
Students who choose not to follow the St Joseph’s Way, and therefore fail to respect other students, staff, their property or the school site will be subject to sanctions. The one which concerns many parents new to the school is detention. This can be given at lunchtime but is normally after school. Detention can be used as a sanction for a variety of misdemeanours, and can vary in length, but this is normally no longer than one hour. Where possible, parents will be given 24 hours notice of a detention.
Parents are informed about detentions via text or phone call and we are prepared to be reasonable with detention arrangements, parents can contact the school to talk about rearranging the date of a detention if there is any problem for their child getting home.
We are also aware that bullying is another area of concern to the parents of students new to this school, and for this reason we have included our full Policy Statement on Bullying for your information. It is because we have this policy, and because we make this a high profile issue that the students tell us that bullying is not a huge problem at St. Joseph’s. If at any time you are worried about any aspect of the above, please do not hesitate to contact school.