Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
supporting individual students who need help with health issues
providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allow them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.
PBL enables us to work together across the 3 school sites to create a positive, productive and harmonious learning community.
PBL at Newcastle School
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a school-wide behaviour initiative. It engages a whole school systems approach to address problem behaviour and reduce its effects on student outcomes and on the school community overall. PBL provides a transformational change by underpinning a common language used by staff to promote positive behaviour from students, resulting in improvement in self-confidence and their motivation to learn.
PBL will provide Newcastle School with a systemic framework, enabling staff to track the management of student behaviour. A dedicated team of teachers and SLSO's across our 3 school have worked towards developing a coherent set of whole school values, rules and practices. These rules enhance teaching and learning practices and support positive behaviour.
At Newcastle School we have chosen 3 values to underpin this process. Each value has 2 behaviour expectations (rules) to support students' behaviour. These values and expectations are taught to students in their personal development lessons and reinforced at school assemblies.
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.