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At St Joseph’s, we believe that each person’s well being is nurtured through experiences of belonging, building relationships with others, being accepted and valued and by being positively engaged in the community. We acknowledge the importance of providing opportunities for all members of the school community to develop an awareness of their wellbeing and responsibilities and a commitment to becoming valuable members of the global community. We believe in the importance of implementing prevention and intervention strategies which promote positive behaviour within the school. 

We aim to develop positive behaviour through critical thinking, active involvement in making choices and taking responsibility for our choices and actions. We strive to help each person to learn from their mistakes, grow in self discipline, take responsibility for their actions, recognise the impact of their actions on others and reconcile and resolve conflict with others. 

St Joseph's Primary School is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and young people and takes active steps to protect them against abuse.


Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a framework that helps schools to plan and implement practices across the whole school in order to improve educational and behavioural outcomes for all students. The PBL framework is founded on a positive approach to whole school well-being with targeted approaches for students with higher levels of need. It does not condone corporal punishment.

PBL provides schools with a decision-making framework that uses data to guide selection and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioural practices across the whole school.  At St Joseph’s Primary School there is a PBL team which regularly attends PD’s and meets to analyse data, discuss current practices and implement new strategies.

Positive Behaviour for Learning Purpose Statement

At St Joseph’s we create a spiritual, safe and supportive environment that encourages resilient students who act with justice, compassion and hope. Our purpose is to provide a personalised curriculum, that is inclusive, challenging and inspires students to pursue excellence and think deeply.


Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a student’s educational experience. PBL works on the belief that we cannot assume that students know how to behave. Students need to be explicitly taught the behaviours we want them to demonstrate. Behaviours need to be explicitly taught, modelled, practised and rewarded.


Aims and Objectives

The primary aim of PBL is to improve educational outcomes for students. It achieves this through:

  • the prevention of behaviour problems and management of existing issues positively and consistently

  • developing skills and knowledge in schools for better teaching and learning

  • creating and maintaining a better school environment for students, teachers and the whole school community

  • Increasing student engagement, with the ultimate outcome being improved academic outcomes for all students

PBL at St Joseph’s Primary School Black Rock

The expectations of:

  • Justice and Compassion,

  • Staying Safe,

  • Resilience and

  • Excellence


Under the ‘umbrella’ of our four expectations are our forty Expected Behaviours that are explicitly taught across all grade levels, through classroom activities and approaches including Class meetings.

Our four school expectations were decided on after consultation and input from Students, Staff and Parents.

PBL Behaviour Matrix

The St Joseph’s Primary School Behaviour Matrix is an integral part of the PBL framework and was specifically designed by the Staff of St Joseph’s to address our school’s particular needs. At the beginning of each school year the Staff will revise the matrix with their class. A specific expectation is the focus and teaching point for each week. Teachers  teach, model, reinforce and practise with their class appropriate behaviours as outlined by the Behaviour Matrix.


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