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Positive Behaviour for Learning

​At Morningside State School, we provide a positive learning environment for a diverse range of learning styles and individual needs.  We believe education is a life-long process and students need to be empowered to take ownership of their own learning and behaviour.  Students, teachers, parents, caregivers and community members are all active participants in our school.

 As a PBL school, Morningside State School is committed to:
  • Respectful learning environments
  • Inspiring lifelong learning
  • Supportive and balanced communities
  • Effort towards academic excellence
 Each week, students are engaged with short social skill lessons that are developed based on our classroom and playground data.  The focus topics for these lessons are detailed in our fortnightly school newsletter.

GOTCHA Reward System

As part of the PBL process, we implement a school wide behaviour reward system.  The attached matrix outlines the behavioural expectation for all environments across the school.   

As a school it is our job to explicitly teach and reinforce our RISE positive behaviours across the school.  The implementation of a Gotcha reward system is a way for us to do this with consistency and a shared language.  The consistent language we use as a school in discussing behaviour is the following:

R = Respect
I= Inspire
S = Support
E = Effort
How does our Gotcha Reward System work?
  • Gotcha tickets are distributed to all staff members.
  • Staff will use these across the school (classroom, playground etc.) and hand them out when they see a positive behaviour from any student.

  • Each class will have student specific Gotcha boxes where students will collect their Gotchas for the week.

  • On Monday morning classes will tally up their gotchas (for individual students and as a whole class). Student Leaders deliver the Gotchas into a school Gotcha box (in the office) in preparation for a raffle draw on assembly.

  •  The Student Leaders will also collate the Gotcha tally from each class as a form of data collection.

  • There is a Prep-3 and 4-6 Gotcha box. The Gotchas are drawn in the presence of Staff at First Break as a way to celebrate positive behaviour as a whole school. The students whose names are drawn will achieve a RISE prize from the school prize box.

  • RISE Certificates will also be presented on assembly.

In 2016, we began the exciting process of holding a school competition for students to design RISE postcards.   The lucky winners have had their designs printed on our school postcards.  Students achieve their RISE postcard after receiving 20 Gotcha rewards.