Thursday, March 12, 2009

2009 Re-establishing the processes

It is the beginning of a new year and significant change at Holy Family. There have been many staff changes which will impact on where we are at in regards to PBS. We have also collected and analysed the data from Parent Surveys administered in Term 4 2007 and have found that there are areas in regards to PBS that parents are still unsure about. This will be a year for review and consolidation and further work in regards to communicating to all stakeholders in regards to PBS, building on the great work that has gone on before.

The first PBS meeting for 2009 was this week, Week 7. Topics on the agenda were where we were up to, data collection & analysis and who should be recorded in data gathering practices. (There had been discussion late last year that the data could allow identification of students who might be being bullied or have difficulties on the playground- not necessarily behavioural).

Discussion evolved around the effectiveness of the hands up signal and bell responses. We recognised that the students probably need a practice & clear reminder of what should happen at each bell. Additionally, the information about these routines would be discussed at the briefing with staff. Another topic brought up was a review of the token system & recording. This topic will be discussed at the next meeting in Week 10.

With communication a focus this year, the minutes of the meeting & this blog will be accessed from the Staff Briefing wiki & information from the meeting will be distributed at a Parent Forum meeting on Friday this week & through the school newsletter.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bullying - Taking the topic to the Parents and Friends

Last night we opened discussion on Bullying with our parent community. The aim of the meeting was for parents to come away with a definition of bullying and an awareness of what bullying is and what it is not.

The discussion was positive and encouraging. We were able to explain the Shared Concern Method and the positive outcomes this method has on children.

It was great to also be able to state that the children in our school are generally very well adjusted socially and do display empathy towards their peers.

Our task now is to collect data ensuring that we are becoming more aware of the children who may be reaching out for support on the playground or in the classroom.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Playground Expectations

This week we had a whole school practice of the playground expectations before school. The students were quite responsive and it will be interesting to monitor their behaviour in the morning period over the next couple of weeks. It is becoming apparent that the Infants grades need a whole group lesson about the play periods of recess and lunch. Kindergarten are not as yet familiar with the expectations and are still very much in a pre-school mentality that play time means I can do anything I like!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Year Ahead

2008 is off to a great start. We have an action plan ready to go which is based around the results of the survey at the end of last year. One of the main areas for action was to help teachers to develop skills around conducting Functional Behaviour Assessments.

Once again teachers have begun the year addressing the Expectations Matrix to ensure consistency of teacher and student expectations across the school.

It's full steam ahead!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Survey Summary

The data collection for the Survey Summary is now complete. This data will now be used with the PBS team as well as whole staff meetings to determine the movement forward for 2008. The beauty of this system is that we are able to celebrate our achievements in a relatively short time (2 years), sustain these whilst planning priorities for the future. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Effective Behaviour Support (EBS) Survey

We are now approaching our third year using the principles of PBS. It is an opportune time to survey staff and use the data gathered to move forward and build upon the work already done. The information gathered has been organised into graphs looking at the areas and categories of:
  • School Wide Systems - Current Status
  • School Wide Systems - Priority for Improvement
  • Non Classroom Setting Systems - Current Status
  • Non Classroom Setting Systems - Priority for Improvement
  • Classroom Systems - Current Status
  • Classroom Systems - Priority for Improvement
  • Individual Student Systems - Current Status

  • Individual Student Systems - Priority for Improvement