Code of Conduct
Knox Park Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and are responsible for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development. The Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur.
A copy of our Child Safety Code of Conduct is available below:
Restorative Practices is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged. At Knox Park Primary School it assists with teaching our children about responsibility, accountability and empathy all while taking care of the relationships we build with others.
Restorative Practices recognise that wrong-doing can cause harm to relationships, and in order for individuals to move forward, the relationship needs to be repaired. To do so, our children participate in open conversations facilitated by teachers, where questions are asked to identify why particular behaviours have occurred and what was thought during that moment. Discussions take place identifying ways in which an individual has been affected.
Children involved listen to those who have been wronged to understand how their behaviour has impacted on others. Together they decide how to repair the harm, allowing those involved to feel safe, connected and heard. Restorative Practices strengthen the feeling of community, which is highly valued at Knox Park Primary School.
(Source: Brazosport Independent School District 2017)
Knox Park Primary School uses the Peer Mediation Program to assist children to solve low-level incidences in the playground. The program teaches our children to resolve issues through the use of trained Peer Mediators (senior students) to support in resolving conflicts.
Peer Mediators follow strict steps in order for all children involved to feel they’ve been heard and have been treated fairly. Together they then brainstorm and identify the best solution to the problem and agree upon the outcome. The Program teaches and encourages children to develop a range of skills; communication, problem solving, conflict management and tolerance.
With the support of Peer Mediators, teachers have noticed an increased sense of community, belonging and co-operation. Our children want to solve problems themselves, and take pride in doing so.
KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework that provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced children. At Knox Park we utilise this framework to guide the implementation of our Wellbeing approach.
Various initiatives fit under the KidsMatter framework at Knox Park including; Bounce Back, Restorative Practices, Peer Mediators and Student Representative Council.
Bounce Back is a positive approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning for children. At Knox Park we utilise the Bounce Back scope and sequence to explicitly teach the skills our children require to thrive socially. Lessons are taught weekly in classes across the school with a range of applications and learning intentions. Bounce Back also provides common language, expectations and understandings across the school in order to consistently educate our children throughout the school.
Student Representative Council
The Student Representative Council (SRC) provides opportunities for all children to voice their ideas and concerns about school. The SRC endeavours to enable all children to feel valued, to be involved in school life, and to contribute to the school and wider community.
Through the SRC, our children develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, have a forum to express their opinions, ideas and attitudes as well as participate in school decision making. Our SRC organise, coordinate and participate in school activities, fundraising and charity events to contribute to the school, wider community and broader global issues.