We have three whole school beliefs developed by the staff and reinforced with
Wyatt School is about Respect, Safety, and Learning.
Respect: We are respectful.
Safety: We are emotionally and physically safe.
Learning: We are here to do our best.
Each year, students develop their classroom “social contracts” which outline
the beliefs that govern daily expectations in the classroom. Usually all
students in the class will sign the annual contract. As we use the Restitution
model of behaviour management in the school, these beliefs are the touchstones
for our conversations with students and parents.
We believe that students can learn to manage their own behaviour. All of us
make mistakes, and mistakes provide an opportunity to learn. Staff members will
offer guidance as students learn to meet their own needs in appropriate ways.
Where possible, students will be encouraged to fix their mistakes or do a
“restitution” in order to be strengthened from the experience, and to become the
person that they would like to be.
Staff members meet regularly to discuss strategies to help students meet
their needs and to develop plans.
Most issues are handled by classroom teachers or playground supervisors, but
occasionally students may be sent to the office for crossing “Bottom Lines.” Our
Bottom Lines are:
Administration is involved in discussing these issues with students and
parents. In most cases consequences will take place, ranging from loss of
privileges, such as recess, and time-outs from class to suspension from class or
school in more serious cases. This depends on the age of the student, severity
of the offense, and prior incidents. It is the responsibility of parents to
provide student supervision for out-of-school suspensions, and to meet with
staff members for re-entry to the school. The school will provide homework in
this case. All suspensions are documented in the student’s cumulative file, and
out-of-school suspensions reported to the Superintendent of Schools.
We appreciate the support of parents in resolving student discipline issues
in ways that are in the best interests of everyone in the school community.