4 CREATE AND MAINTAIN SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
4.4 Maintain student safety
Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system,curriculum and legislative requirements.
Ensure students’ well-being and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
Initiate and take responsibility for implementing current school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements to ensure student wellbeing and safety.
Evaluate the effectiveness of student wellbeing policies and safe working practices using current school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements and assist colleagues to update their practices.
At what career stage am I demonstrating the standard?
I believe that I am at a highly accomplished stage. I am up to date with my training which includes mostly physical, and to various degrees with emotional and spiritual safety. This emotional and spiritual training is not a criticism on Catholic Education, Townsville as the nature of the areas and the complexities of subject material and human subjectivity. I do the required training and am hopefully vigilant for all students.
What is my evidence and how has it been used to demonstrate this evidence?
As shown in standard 1.2, I shared some of my behaviour management tools. In addition, our school is recognised as a Peacebuilder School. Some of the non verbal cues for behaviour management originate in sign language; others include pausing, proximity, touch (on the shoulder), thumbs up, no and yes signals, songs/rhymes for transition time, name on board, children using their peg to go up or down, depending on his/her behaviour, clapping patterns, the use of a bell, etc to gain attention or to reward or apply a consequence to a behaviour. As a focussing activity, I use the meditation chime periodically throughout the day, with a single ring so that the children enter a 'mindfulness' stage where they are to breathe deep breaths for the duration of the chime's ring. They then continue with the task at hand.
With relation to physical safety and helping to prevent physical harm, our school is one of many that have implemented various legislative requirements which include Sun Safety, the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Education programme, Road and Water Safety programmes; all entrenched in the Catholic Education's Child Safety banner where staff are required to sit a mandatory Compliance Training session. In addition, we are obligated to teach Cyber Safety skills and, in the case of a serious safety breach, the Lock-down and Fire procedures are practised each term as a whol school activity. As part of our Term 3 Health and Safety unit, we do a mini unit on Fire Education with members of the local Fire Brigade coming in to our school to undertake two lessons as culminating activities.
Under the spiritual guidance of our late Bishop Michael, our Townsville Catholic Education Office invested money in to our Diocesan schools in developing spiritual awareness and growth in mandating the implementation of Christian Meditation. As a former Leading Teacher in Christian Meditation of our school for three years, I was witness to the benefits of Christian Meditation as an individual, at introducing the practice at school but also at a wider level. Although there is no mandated way of assessing the practice at a regional level, there is evidence overseas where the practice has had.