Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
St Francis Methodist School strives to build a safe, conducive and caring learning community, where every staff member and student is respected, so productive learning can take place.
Over the years, the educational background and profile of our students may have changed significantly but some things have not: the wellbeing and growth of our students continue to be at the heart of discipline and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to discipline. Mindful of this, the Discipline and Rewards Team adopts a comprehensive and holistic approach towards discipline, one that is anchored to the school’s core values and social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies. We seek a balance between the positive, rewarding, rehabilitative, and proactive approach, and the negative, punitive and reactive approach. We understand that rewards go a long way towards inspiring good behaviour, if paired with consistent consequences for undesirable behaviour. As such, the school has established a set of disciplinary policy and procedures to manage students with disciplinary issues as well as to recognise and reward desired behaviours.
To achieve a balance between positive and negative disciplinary approaches to discipline, we have established the Merit and Demerit Point system. Students are handled with care and sensitivity to ensure that they receive a fair hearing when disciplinary proceedings are necessary. Those who demonstrate exemplary behaviour are recognised through our Well-Done Board. Attendance and discipline are tracked closely so that timely recognition of good habits or intervention to correct bad habits can take place. Furthermore, we remind students to mend their ways through warning letters. Above all, we believe in working together with parents and guardians.
Looking ahead, the school seeks to adopt Restorative Practice as a key discipline approach to help students develop self-awareness and build positive relationships with their peers and teachers. This will go a long way towards fulfilling our school’s vision to transform the lives of our students and to build a healthy and nurturing school community.