About School Behaviour & Expectations


St Joseph’s is a learning community that seeks to make a positive impact on society through the work we do with students, through quality teaching and through a vision of life centered on Jesus. “Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviour” OSEP Centre on PBS. It aims to “build capacity in schools to increase appropriate student behaviour and decrease student problem behaviour”

St Joseph’s Wingham PBS Expectations, the Three Wise “I’s” – I am Safe. I am Respectful. I am a Learner


Student behaviour can be changed (taught) – Students learn better ways of behaving by being taught directly and receiving positive feedback.
Environments can be created to change behaviour (instructional)
Changing environments requires change in adult behaviour (teaching)
Must be systematic and consistent
Systems of support are necessary
The answer is not the invention of new solutions, but the enhancement of the school’s organisational capacity to adopt and sustain their use of research-validated practices and provide a seamless continuum of behavioural and academic support for all students.”


Don’t assume that students will arrive at school with the necessary social skills.
Defining a small number of clear behavioural expectations (rules) and teaching them directly to all students. (Eg Three Wise I’s – I am Safe, I am Respectful, I am a Learner)
Display Rules (Foyer, Shelter, Classrooms, Library, Newsletter, Website).
Identifying Key settings for our school: All Areas, Classroom, Playground/Canteen, Toilets, Bus.
Constructing an expectations matrix – please see download centre.
Building efficient systems that enable data based decision making.
Building capacity for supporting staff to change practices, attitudes and thinking.
Move beyond punishment – Teach, Monitor, Reward appropriate behaviours before relying on punishment.


Establishing procedures for encouraging expected behaviours (eg. Gotchas – Catch them being good when they least expect it!)
Can be awarded for anything on the Expectation Matrix – Praise explicitly and often.
Recording – Must be time efficient  - Display prominently.
Reward System (eg. ‘Spending’ the Gotchas)


Defining Problem Behaviour

Establishing procedures for defining (and discouraging) problematic behaviours.
Problem behaviours have clear consequences (matrix).
Designing a useful/ user friendly referral form.
Establishing procedures for data gathering and decision making.

Teaching Rules

Teaching schedule – Weekly Expectation focus outlined at Monday morning assembly
Teach the rule, demonstrate the skill, students practice the skill, review and test the skill, embed in curriculum, practice, practice, practice!

Data Collection

Data entry makes it easier for schools to analyse data and make school wide interventions based on the results. It takes vigilance, commitment and attention to detail.

If you require further details please access our full and latest Postive Behaviour Support (PBS) Policy.