Discipline, in its proper sense is the process of ‘discipling’ or leading someone to become an obedient disciple of Christ. As such, it should cover many aspects, including praise, encouragement, teaching, nurturing, example, correction, and restoration. The teaching staff aim to create a safe school and classroom environment that is conducive to the social, emotional, spiritual, and academic growth of each child. The College also has a pastoral approach which fosters self-discipline. Teachers view their role as one of discipling, which is inherent in the discipline process. Children are not only told when their behaviour is inappropriate but are instructed from a Christian perspective on how and why to behave differently.
Chastisement, retribution, punishment, and restitution, as well as aspects of justice, graciousness, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation will be taught and used in training students.
The basis of discipline at Rehoboth is that it should be fair, firm, and friendly. Teachers are expected to use the Low and Medium strategies suggested in the policy to deal with typical discipline issues that arise from time to time. Responsibility for classroom discipline falls upon the teacher who may implement a variety of strategies at increasing levels.
Discipline at Rehoboth may sometimes include the concept of punishment, but must be seen as being much broader than mere punishment for wrongdoing.
The underlying principle of our Discipline Policy is that the student receives a warning before a consequence, and there is an escalating series of consequences if the student’s behaviour does not improve.
The measures used to reinforce acceptable behaviour should be enforced consistently, both for the individual teacher and for the College as a whole. Thorough and methodical records, ideally in SEQTA, need to be kept of disciplinary actions taken and to assist with following up on issues.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following documents:
The College expressly forbids the use of any form of child abuse, corporal punishment, or other degrading punishment in the discipline of students.
Notes about any disciplinary actions taken must be recorded in SEQTA. Where this is not possible, teachers should keep a written record.
Examples of low level discipline strategies may include:
Examples of medium level discipline strategies may include:
Examples of high level discipline strategies may include:
Examples of very high level strategies may include:
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