Behaviour Management and Discipline operate within the College's overarching concern for Pastoral Care. The aims of disciplinary procedures are to ensure the welfare and good order of the community, the development of responsible behaviour in students and the promotion of a respectful, secure and healthy environment for all members of the school community.
Our system of pastoral care of students is based on the principles of Restorative Justice which is founded in the Gospel values of forgiveness, reconciliation and the dignity of the human person. A proactive, positive stance to resolving issues is undertaken before they become problematic.
Students, parents and teachers should have a good understanding of what is expected of members of the College community. Students should be aware of the consequences of irresponsible behaviour.
Mater Maria Catholic College is guided by its mission to provide opportunities for each student to reach their potential and to celebrate the unique gifts each has to offer. Students are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible using their talents and initiatives and to do so with dignity, pride and a sense of responsibility. Recognising a student’s efforts and sharing his or her success positively within the community is central to raising a student’s self esteem and sense of connectedness. The smallest worthy act merits recognition and over time they can accumulate to higher awards.
Recognition is acknowledged in a variety of ways. The most prestigious awards and performances of student works are presented at the Presentation of Awards evening when a diverse array of excellence is enjoyed and celebrated by all.
The system of behaviour management encourages our students to develop skills in self-management, placing reconciliation and restoration of relationships as the primary responses to inappropriate behaviour. The processes in the management of student behaviour provide them with the opportunity to recognise inappropriate choices and to remedy the situation.
It is necessary that consequences for inappropriate behaviour are sometimes imposed, but these must be fair and just. Inappropriate behaviour is defined at Mater Maria as behaviour which impedes the learning of self or others, the ability of teachers to teach cohesively or behaviour which damages relationships between students, or students and staff.
A structured system of behaviour management is in place for students who have accumulate demerits, lateness or poor attendance, incomplete homework or coursework and for inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour.