Good Manners is one of the Virtues we endeavour to instil in every child. You see the signs with good manners at the entrance to the school that everyone who enters sees. The same poster is on the gym, outside the library and in every teaching space in the school. The photo on these signs shows a student holding the door open for other students.
We expect students in our school to:
- Greet people with a smile and use their names. So often visitors comment on how friendly students are by greeting and welcoming them to our school. I appreciate it when students come up, say hello and ask me how my day is going.
- Use courteous expressions such as “please”, “thank you”, “pardon?”, “excuse me” and “you’re welcome” as well as treating all people respectfully, speaking politely and calmly. Good Manners means listening attentively to whoever is speaking.
- Be courteous and considerate of others whether in the classroom or in the yard. This means not disrupting others’ learning by distracting behaviour or being off task. In the yard it means playing co-operatively and being mindful of others’ wellbeing. It is seen when children walk scooters in walkways and play without interfering with others’ games. It is demonstrated when children share sticks and other building materials when making cubbies and solving problems calmly and respectfully.
- Respect all property by putting rubbish in the bin, looking after school buildings and equipment, caring for gardens and not going in out of bounds areas.
- Eat graciously by not speaking while eating and cleaning up any mess they have created.
- Treat everyone the way they want to be treated. This is the “Golden Rule” which all the virtues are built on.
Each class has developed a process for students to give an official welcome to relieving teachers who take the class when their teacher is absent. In this welcome they speak of the school values and the expectations and routines of the class. They speak of their class’s honour and reputation and how they will strive to do their personal best. They ask the relieving teacher for feedback on how they demonstrate the values. This welcome is just as important for the students to hear as it is for the teacher. We want relieving teachers to leave our school speaking highly of our students and our school. Negative behaviour will reinforce the stereotypical negative Hackham reputation. We aim, through our values, for Hackham East Primary School to have the best reputation possible and for our whole school community to be proud of their school.
Manners create the tone and culture of a school. They also create the tone for the school community.
Manners can be taught but they are mostly learnt from the modelling of adults. As we speak and act, so will our children.
We want all children at our school to act with good manners. Please support us in helping children develop them.
If you have an issue regarding harassment or bullying, it is essential that you report it to a teacher or member of the leadership team. Please do not take matters into your own hands and speak directly to someone else’s child. We guarantee that the issue will be thoroughly followed up and that you will be informed of the outcome.
Bob Thiele, Principal