Rowena Public School

Respect For All

Student Welfare and Discipline Policy

Rowena Public School, along with all public schools of New South Wales, exists to provide a first-class education for all young people.

We have three overriding priorities:

  1. Raising educational standards and levels of educational achievement;

  2. Providing a quality education for all; and

  3. Providing for the care and safety of all students in our care.

In achieving these priorities, we seek to provide young people with their primary foundation for life.

Welfare and Discipline - A Partnership

When parents enrol their children at our school they enter into a partnership with the school staff. This partnership is based on shared responsibility and mutual respect and aims for effective learning and good discipline so that the school environment is both productive and harmonious.


This partnership should lead to the understanding that the student needs to develop a responsibility for his or her own behaviour.

Rights and responsibilities of Parents, Teachers and Students

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the Right to:

  1. learn at school in a purposeful and supportive environment without being disrupted;

  2. be treated with respect, courtesy and honesty;

  3. work and play in a safe, secure, friendly and clean environment.


Students have the Responsibility to:

  1. work without disturbing others;

  2. always be cooperative and considerate of others;

  3. work and play sensibly, in a way that protects the safety and well-being of ourselves and others;

  4. care for our school grounds and property.

Staff Rights and Responsibilities

Staff have the Right to:

  1. be treated with respect, courtesy and honesty;

  2. teach in a safe, secure, friendly and clean environment;

  3. teach in a purposeful, supportive and non-disruptive environment;

  4. cooperation and support from parents.


Staff have the Responsibility to:

  1. model respectful, courteous and honest behaviour;

  2. ensure that the school environment is kept neat, tidy and secure;

  3. establish good student relationships and a positive classroom atmosphere;

  4. ensure good organisation and planning;

  5. ensure that all children are given the opportunity to earn and receive acknowledgement of their work;

  6. consistently apply the school's behaviour management policy;

  7. Report student positive and negative behaviour to parents.

Teachers, the Principal, and all other school staff, are required by law to notify the appropriate authorities in cases where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student under 18 years of age is, or has been, subject to :

Child Sexual Assault

  1. Child Sexual Assault is any sexual act or sexual threat imposed on a child

Physical Abuse

  1. Physical Abuse refers to non-accidental injury to a child by a parent, caregiver or another person responsible for the child.

Emotional Abuse

  1. Emotional Abuse is behaviour by a parent or caregiver which can destroy the confidence of a child resulting in significant emotional deprivation or trauma. 


  1. Child Neglect occurs where the child is harmed by failure to provide the basic necessities of life such as adequate and proper food, nursing, clothing, medical aid or lodging.

(Procedures for Recognising and Notifying Child Abuse and Neglect.  Memorandum 97/019 (S.018))

The principle underpinning this mandatory requirement is that the welfare of the child is paramount.  This is the primary responsibility of the school.


Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Parents have the Right to:

  1. access a meaningful and good quality education for their child;

  2. be informed of curriculum material relevant to the school's behaviour management policy and procedures;

  3. be informed of their child's progress and of decisions affecting their child's health and welfare;

  4. be heard in an appropriate forum on mattes related to the rights of their child while in the care of the school.


Parents have the Responsibility to:

  1. support the school in providing a meaningful and good quality education for their child;

  2. ensure that their child attends school and is punctual;

  3. ensure that the physical and emotional condition of their child is appropriate for effective learning;

  4. ensure that their child is provided with appropriate materials to make effective use of the learning environment.

  5. behave in a respectful, courteous, friendly and honest manner when addressing with the school any issue concerning their child;

  6. support the school in it's application of the behaviour management policy.

Providing a good learning environment

Our school goals are derived from the goals for all public education in NSW as specified in legislation and in yearly statements of Agenda for the NSW Department of School Education.

A critical factor in achieving our goals as a public school is the aspiration of students to do well.

Real levels of achievement are greatly increased when teachers and parents expect high standards.

Good classroom discipline improves the level of aspirations of students.

An effective classroom should be a place of excitement, exploration, scholarship and learning.

It is our aim to create such an environment.

If the classroom is disrupted by the noisy and inattentive few, the learning of other students suffers.

The Expectations of Good Discipline

Students need to:

  1. Own and be responsible for their behaviour;

  2. Understand how behaviour affects themselves and others;

  3. Understand the consequences which follow from their behaviour according to the school’s behaviour management plans – both in the classroom and out in the playground.

Our state public school system has the following requirements of all students:

  1. sustained application to learning

  2. respect for other individuals and their property

  3. courtesy to other students, to teachers and to community members

  4. due respect for teachers

  5. no violence, discrimination, harassment, bullying or intimidation

  6. no weapons

  7. no illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco

  8. peaceful resolution of conflict

  9. adherence to the standards of dress determined by the school community

  10. compliance with all school rules and the Fair Discipline Code.

Rowena Public School is a happy and safe place to be when children:

  1. Abide by our school and classroom rules

  2. Attend school regularly, be punctual and present notes to explain absences.

  3. Follow the instructions of teachers and others in authority.

  4. Complete all required work carefully and to the best of their ability.

  5. Behave in a responsible, polite and courteous manner.

  6. Behave in a manner that shows respect for themselves, and for the rights and feelings of others.

  7. Behave in a manner that keeps themselves and others, safe at all times.

  8. Respect and care for school buildings, school property and the property of others.

  9. Wear appropriate school uniform at all times.

  10. Accept their responsibilities as members of the School Community.

While meeting these expectations, students also have the right to expect courtesy, fairness, respect and excellence in teaching.

Strategies to promote Good Discipline and Effective Learning

Our school is doing these things to encourage effective discipline.

  1. Providing appropriate curriculum, based on Board of Studies requirements, to meet the needs of each student.

  2. Encouraging the presentation of this curriculum in a way which motivates and encourages the active participation of children in the learning process.

  3. Supporting children in achieving success in learning

  4. Providing recognition and reward for positive achievements and behaviour through the commendation system.

  5. Maintaining a small number of easily understood rules which are fair, clear and consistently applied

  6. Implementing the school’s behaviour management plans with consistency and procedural fairness.

Behaviour Management Plan

Rowena aims to provide programs that develop self discipline, self review, effective communication and conflict resolution skills in students

While student self discipline is the ultimate aim of Rowena Public School, this needs to be supported by a behaviour management plan which has clear guidelines, well defined expectations, consequences and support structures to acknowledge appropriate behaviour and address inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. 

Positive discipline is fostered through the provision of appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of each student.  Students are actively supported to ensure success in learning.

Positive discipline is also fostered through the use of good behaviour management techniques such as recognising students for complying with rules and directions, encouraging on-task learning behaviour (through the Commendation System), giving simple directions and also expecting students to comply and follow directions.

As students require clear limits and guidelines in order to function effectively in the school community and to learn to their full potential in a safe and caring environment, the students, staff and parents of Rowena Public School will work together to develop this behaviour management plan in order to ensure commitment and consistency in implementation.

The basic principle of our behaviour management plan are that no students should prevent the teacher from teaching, or keep another student from learning.  Student compliance is imperative in creating and maintaining and effective and efficient learning environment.