“Progressive schools are characterised by what I like to call a “working with” rather than a “doing to” model. In place of rewards for complying with the adults’ expectations, or punitive consequences for failing to do so, there’s more of an emphasis on collaborative problem solving – and, for that matter, less focus on behaviours than on underlying motives, values, and reasons. “ …..Alfie Khon
In light of current research St. Monica’s does not subscribe to a Behaviour Management Program driven by punitive measures and control over kids with the use of rewards and punishments. Instead we believe in a philosophy of working with children, ensuring their voice is being heard and empowering them to take control of their own learning.
For that reason all staff at St. Monica’s are trained in Restorative Practices. Restorative Practices is also used at Catholic College Wodonga. The Restorative Practice approach to behaviour management aims to restore relationships, as these relationships become the building blocks for all learning.
Making Jesus real is a philosophy that is adopted at St. Monica’s. It is all about students making Jesus Real by living out the values that Jesus has taught us. We use these values and teachings to establish positive behaviours in our school. Students can identify with
being a WEST (welcoming, encouraging, saying sorry and thank you) person and they strive to live the WEST.