At Greenvale State School we have fostered the approach of School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPBS). This evidence-based framework that we have adopted ensures that students have the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. SWPBS assists schools to teach students expected social behaviours.
Greenvale State School has three set rules that support – I Am Safe, I am Respectful, and I am a Learner. These three rules are immersed throughout the school curriculum, playground and wider community.
At Greenvale State School we use the ‘Better Buddy’ program. Every child has a buddy and it enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected.
The Buddy systems teaches, and gives children the opportunity to practise, the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others. Through looking after and caring for smaller, vulnerable children who are just starting school, older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground.
This helps combat bullying and other forms of antisocial behaviour such as harassment and teasing. Teaching pro-social values and skills can also contribute to the development of resilience.