At Dawson Park Primary we believe that managing student behaviour is based around restorative practices rather than punitive. We also believe that it is our job to ‘shape’ student behaviour and to help students to realise that their behaviour is a choice and that all choices have consequences. In the end, each choice we individually make has a consequence.
Our policy is built around Michael Linsen’s book, The Classroom Management Secret. All Dawson Park Primary staff have a copy of this book and it is referred to, discussed and considered at every staff meeting as a way to constantly remind and upskill all staff to effectively ‘shape’ student behaviour.
At Dawson Park Primary we believe that having positive and respectful relationships with all our students is the key to a harmonious classroom and the key to success for every child. As Linsen describes in his book, ‘the secret is creating a classroom your students love being part of combined with an unwavering commitment to accountability’. We have only a few rules. We do, however, have one ‘rule to rule them all’. It’s simple and it is known by each and every child at the school. It is constantly talked about during classes, at assemblies, during individual counselling sessions and expected to be followed. It ensures each child is safe and each classroom is a place of harmony and a place of learning. Dawson Park Primary’s number 1 rule is simply – I always follow teacher’s instructions immediately. Please feel free to download our Student Wellbeing and Behaviour policy found in the link below.
Student Dress Policy
‘Part of a high-quality education is learning how to present yourself to the world, and that’s what a school uniform is all about’ (Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard).
Wearing a school uniform is a symbol of unity and wearing one will bring about teamwork and a sense of comradery amongst students. It helps to remove social barriers and to bridge gaps – eliminating prejudice amongst students. As a result, children become more focused on learning rather than who is wearing what and who has the ‘latest’ fashion. Uniforms also help to promote discipline and provides a sense of community across the school. This helps to develop positive values and promotes the spirit of teamwork.
On a practical level, uniforms help us us to easily identify students as Dawson Park students. This means we are providing an even safer learning environment as those without a uniform (who potentially shouldn’t be on the school grounds) will stand out quickly and easily.
Believe it or not, it also saves on costs! It is far more economical to have a uniform that can last for several years rather than buy a new wardrobe more regularly.
Our uniform policy clearly outlines the dress code requirements of students attending Dawson Park. Enrolling at Dawson Park assumes compliance to the policy and we thank parents for their support in ensuring their children are wearing the full and correct school uniform each and every day.
Student Mobile Phone Policy
Attached is the Mobile Phone Policy for Dawson Park Primary School. We require all students who bring a mobile phone to school to check it in every morning to the front office. Included is a parent consent form indicating your knowledge of your child bringing a phone to school and the guidelines for doing so.