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Code of School Behaviour

Essential to effective learning is a safe, supportive and disciplined environment that respects the following rights:
         the rights of all students to learn
         the rights of teachers to teach
         the rights of all to be safe
The Code of School Behaviour defines the responsibilities that all members of the school community are expected to uphold and recognises the significance of appropriate and meaningful relationships. All members of school communities are expected to conduct themselves in a lawful, ethical, safe and responsible manner that recognises and respects the rights of others.
Further details can be found online “Code of School Behaviour – Education Queensland”.

Behaviour Expectations

To help protect our rights and to encourage responsibilities, we have 3 rules for our classrooms and for our school community:
Rule One:   Be Responsible
Rule Two:   Be Respectful
Rule Three: Be safe

You Can Do It

You Can Do It! is a program aimed at the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities. The program is centred on 5 Foundations for Development and 12 Habits of Mind that support these Foundations.

The Five Core Social and Emotional Foundations

Confidence means knowing that you will be successful and that people will like you. It means not being afraid to make mistakes or try something new. 
Persistence means trying hard to do your best and not giving up when something feels like it is too difficult or boring. 
Organisation means setting a goal to do your best in your schoolwork, listening carefully to instructions, planning your time so that you are not rushed, and having all your supplies ready. 
Getting along means working well with teachers and classmates, resolving disagreements peacefully, following the rules of the classroom and making positive contributions to school, home and to the community. 
Emotional Resilience means knowing how to stay calm and being able to stop yourself from getting angry, disheartened, or worried when something “bad” happens. It means being able to calm down and feel better when you get upset. 

The Twelve Habits of Mind

  • Thinking first   
  • Being tolerant of others    
  • Playing by the rules
  • Planning my time
  • Social responsibility
  • Setting goals
  • Working tough
  • Giving effort 
  • I can do it!
  • Being independent
  • Accept myself
  • Taking risks


At West End State School, implementation of this program occurs through a six to eight-week school wide focus on each of the Foundations, explicit teaching of the Habits of the Mind that are specific to the focus Foundation and recognition by staff of individual students who demonstrate these skills. These students are then given colour-coded tickets displaying the focus Habits of the Mind, and then put into their weekly draw for their year level.  At each parade, all tickets (except ones awarded a prize during year level draws) are placed in a whole school draw. The winners of all the various draws are awarded either Tuckshop Vouchers or book vouchers. 

At the end of each eight-week focus, classroom teachers nominate 2 role models for the Focus Foundation, who are awarded a certificate at the P-3 and 4-6 parade.