Here at St. Joseph’s we believe that good behaviour is a key foundation of good education.
The ethos of the academy as expressed in its Statement of Mission includes a clear vision of the values which matter within the academy and its community.
As a Catholic academy, we take our values from the Gospel. These values include: respect for others; for property and the environment; honesty; trust and fairness; tolerance and compassion; and the virtues of self-respect and self-discipline.
It is our aim here at Saint Joseph's to assist children to grow up with a clear and acceptable view of what is right and wrong, appreciating the needs of others and of the society around them.
At Saint Joseph’s we believe rewards are more effective than sanctions, but at times sanctions are necessary.
Invitation to Afternoon Tea
Staff will have the opportunity to nominate pupils for Afternoon Tea with Mrs Pollard or a member of the senior management team. Only pupils who are well behaved are to be selected and it will be based on the number of dojo points a child receives each week. The 6 children with the highest number of dojos will be nominated.
Good Work Assembly
As with good work, it is the policy of Saint Joseph's that the praising of good behaviour should have a higher priority than punishment. The highest form of praise is a nomination for good work in the Good Work Assembly, on a Friday afternoon. A different subject/area is selected each week from each class, plus there is a class trophy for sports, behaviour and academic progress which is awarded to each class on rota.
All parents are invited to the assembly every week, parents are informed by text if their child is receiving an award.
House Points are awarded to pupils who have produced an excellent piece of work or a greatly improved work/ as staff feel appropriate. The team points for the week are announced to the whole academy each week, the house colours are put on the shield.
Stickers are used primarily in Key Stage One, where they are the principal method of rewarding good work. Young children need frequent praise and encouragement in order to flourish and give of their best. It is the policy of the academy that the receiving of stickers in the infant years should be a daily feature of life for those pupils who are working to the best of their ability.
In Key Stage Two stickers will be used where the teacher considers that they may be of value.
All teaching staff have access to the Teachers2Parents texting service and can send text messages to parents regarding any issue they feel deserves extra notice from home.
Dojos are an instant reward and allows the parents to be very involved in what is happening in the classroom and how the children are doing in class. The children who are in school on time will receive a dojo, this means they can get two a day if they are in school on time.
Marbles – every time a child achieves 20 dojos they can put a marble in the class jar. When the jar is full, then it’s ‘whizzy dojo’. The activities on the ‘whizzy dojo’ have been chosen with the class teacher earlier in the year. The whole class will then have the treat as soon after as it is possible.
At the end of each half term all those with 50 (may be adjusted if a very long or short term) and 100 at the end of the term (similarly this may be adjusted) will put a raffle ticket in the box. At the special end of term awards assembly three tickets will be drawn from the box.
EYFS use dojos but run the system slightly differently to allow the children to understand the process.
Dojo certificates are awarded at the end of each term in a special assembly. These will be based upon the number of dojos they have accrued. Dojos are given to celebrate good behavior, attendance, work ethic etc.