Our approach to social skills help children develop self-control, understand what positive behaviour looks like and come to value such behaviour. Our aim is for students to work and play in harmony with each other.
Our motto and values
Our guidelines for acceptable behaviour are firmly focused on our motto and values. We use proven interventions to address behavioural issues and help develop and build on the life skills needed for growing confident and resilient children.
Motto: We set the bar high, but not out of reach
- Responsibility. We are accountable for our learning and our actions
- Integrity. I am who I am, no matter where I am or whom I am around
- Safety. We are more confident and courageous when we feel safe and valued
- Community. Learning is about relationships, working together with common goals
- We value and rules are referred to often so that all children are aware of expectations
- Acceptable behaviour is the norm and it is what is expected of all children and adults at Summit Academy
- Acceptable behaviour ensures that all children and adults are given the opportunity to achieve their best in a happy, safe environment
At Summit Academy we:
- Establish clear expectations for behaviour from day one
- Teach students how to articulate their learning goals for school
- Create classroom rules that connect to students’ goals
- Use techniques such as interactive modelling to teach positive behaviour
- Reinforce positive behaviour with supportive teacher language
- Quickly stop misbehaviour
- Restore positive behaviour so that children retain their dignity and continue learning
- Encourage students to take responsibility for social and academic attitudes, choices and behaviour
Responding to misbehaviour
One of the most important things to keep in mind when responding to misbehaviour is to address the behaviour as quickly as possible. When children’s behaviour goes off track, they need immediate feedback from adults to help them break their momentum and get back on track.
Three response strategies we use are:
- Visual and verbal cues
- Increased teacher proximity
- Logical consequences
Goals for responding to undesirable behaviour
Our overarching goal at Summit Academy is to keep the focus on learning, while maintaining a classroom that’s physically and emotionally safe for all. A simple method for adults and children in school to judge our own behaviour or responses to a situation is to measure it for ourselves in the following way:
- Am I taking ownership, accepting my part, taking responsibility)?
- Am I blaming, making excuses, denying what I have done?
- Now what do I need to do about it?
Solving difficult behaviour problems with children leads to long-lasting change. Arguing, excluding classmates, forming cliques, 'forgetting' to do homework, difficulties in sharing and refusing to do work are all common but challenging misbehaviours that we can change.
For those children who choose not to act in an acceptable (desirable) way at Summit Academy, we will use the 'take a break' approach. For serious, unacceptable behaviour the child will be taken straight to the head teacher.
Serious unacceptable behaviour
Unacceptable behaviour which can cause serious harm or damage (physical and/or emotional) to self, others or property may result in a stand-down or suspension. The head teacher, with the help of the senior management team and Board of Directors, under the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education, would manage such a situation in consultation with parents.