On Monday, I had the pleasure of formally introducing ‘The Bayside Way’ to the students. The Bayside Way is the name we give to our expectations (both long- and short-term) for student conduct at the College.
It is important to note that we have introduced The Bayside Way because we recognise that we are blessed to have such an amazing, talented and smart bunch of students at the College. We recognise that 95% of Bayside students conduct themselves in an exemplary manner each and every day. We also recognise that our amazing, talented, smart students are also young and, as such, are discovering how to live and learn together as part of a community; a Community in which people from time to time lack the self discipline (for a range of reasons) to act appropriately.
The Bayside Way provides a strength-based framework designed first and foremost to recognise, affirm, honour and encourage students who do an incredible job of maintaining College culture, while at the same time providing clear expectations for students to measure and consider their conduct should they fall short for some reason.
The Bayside Way has two key parts:
The Four Expectations of Respect, Responsibility, Maximise Learning ('School is your Job') and Kindness. The expectations are designed to provide a simple day-to-day language to encourage students as they go about doing life together. The defining aspect of The Four Expectations is that they are things that students can be held accountable to. For example, a student can choose to show respect or choose to be disrespectful. Similarly, a student can choose to be kind, take responsibility for themselves and maximise their learning. Our expectation is that they will over time (through trial and error, in a safe learning environment), deeply embed these expectations into their character.
The RiSe CoDe - Right Choices, Service, Compassion and Dedication. The RiSe CoDe is, in simple terms, the long-term fruit of learning to embody the The Four Expectations. The contention is that students will learn what it is to make right choices, be compassionate, dedicated and serve. The defining aspect of the RiSe CoDe is that these traits are nurtured and grown over a long period of time and cannot be demanded. They are the character traits of people who know deeply what it is to respect, take responsibility, maximise their learning and be kind.
It will take time to fully embed The Bayside Way into the College. The first phase is to become familiar with The Four Expectations. Teachers have begun discussions with their students, and over the coming weeks our hope is that the language of The Four Expectations will slowly become a natural part of our day-to-day learning conversations. My hope is also that the language of The Four Expectations will be something that you as parents and carers will become familiar and comfortable with too. The second phase will be to work with the RiSeCoDe and embed it into the fabric of College life. This will take time, and my hope is to have an official release of the Bayside Way to the College community later in the year.
As always, in the meantime, should you have any questions or feedback please talk with your children’s teachers or myself.