At St. Joseph's, we have a school philosophy. . .
Stemming from our vision of what it means to be human, we seek to educate the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, psychologically and physically towards Christian maturity. We seek to provide an environment where pupils are taught about positive behaviour and effective relationships within the context of the Catholic faith.
Our behaviour/discipline provision within the school is underpinned by two key principles:
The dignity and worth of each person who is made in the image and likeness of God.
The importance of individuals coming together in mutual support and regard, to live and work for the good of humankind and the glory of God.
"I have come that you may have life and may have it to the full." (John 10:10)
In our school, the gospel values underlie all our behaviour:
All human beings are unique, made by God, loved by God and are worthy of respect.
We show care and concern for God's people and creations.
As a Catholic school, we aim to create a positive, encouraging environment, which promotes good work and acceptable behaviour. We strive to focus on the positive, rather than the negative. However, an emphasis on positive facts alone will not be fully effective in the elimination of behaviour problems. To make our school behaviour policy as effective as possible, there is also the need for a system of sanctions to be specified and developed. Below you will find a copy of our behaviour ladder, which is followed by all staff, in an attempt to deal with unacceptable behaviour.