What a long term this one has been. Unfortunately we have seen an increase in physical misconduct in the playground. This often starts off as play, gets rough and eventually results in pushing and punching or lots of swearing and saying nasty things to each other, hence our expectation for this week and our Pause focus.
This week's expectation: Hands Off! Feet Off!
At MSS we pride ourselves on being safe and respectful to all of our students, so we have decided to revisit our expectation of Hands Off! Feet Off! We have noticed after such disruption to our learning, students are struggling with keeping their hands and feet to themselves. You can have discussions at home about walking away from a situation, informing a staff member and taking a Pause break. We have also been discussing on parade about bystanders getting help and not encouraging their peers to make poor choices. Consequences for not meeting the expectation of Hands Off! Feet Off! range from timeout at lunchtime and contact home, through to suspensions. Please remind students to make good choices and remember, Hands Off! Feet Off!
This week we are 'thinking before we speak'. When you pause, you will be able to think before you speak. However, if your amygdala is firing you won't be able to.
Remember - Your Brain, Your Responsibility!
Timeout at lunchtimes will continue for students in the unfortunate circumstance that Mareeba State School expectations are not being met. In timeout, students discuss with staff their behaviour and why they have been given timeout and how to correct the behaviour and to make better choices. Parents/carers will receive a text message to inform them that their student has been in timeout that day. Please discuss this at home and if you have any further questions please contact the school.
The MSS PBL team wish all students and their families a safe, happy and relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready to learn in Term 3.
- Cherene Trimble (Head of Behaviour Support) & The PBL Team