Balwyn Primary School is a learning community that provides a safe, healthy and caring environment for everyone. We promote cooperation, a sense of belonging, mutual respect, self-discipline, achievement and self-worth. We aim to encourage students to be lifelong learners, independent, resilient, responsible and to respect themselves and others. We all share this responsibility. By empowering them with strategies to deal with everyday situations and life experiences, children can succeed in both their school work and in their life pursuits beyond the classroom. The values that form the basis for all our learning are: Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Belonging and Compassion.
Values at BPS
BPS is a learning community that provides a safe, healthy and caring environment for everyone. it is expected that we all behave in a way that allows us to learn in a happy and cooperative environment while demonstrating the BPS values.
The values that form the basis for our learning are –
At the commencement of each year, every student is given a student code of conduct booklet outlining the rights and responsibilities of every student at BPS. The student code of conduct book is signed at kept at home as a reference for parents and students. Every class has a Class Code of Conduct book that can be referred to throughout the year.
The BPS values have a strong profile within the school. Students who display the BPS values are recognized at assemblies with “Values Keeper” awards.
The Junior School council meets regularly throughout the term to identify the Value that they feel needs to be highlighted throughout the term.
You Can Do It!
The You Can Do It! Program has been at Balwyn Primary School now for 10 years. You Can Do It! aims to improve the emotional and social wellbeing of all students that will in turn effect their academic outcomes.
You Can Do It! is a home-school-community approach to help young people achieve the best of their ability and experience positive social-emotional wellbeing. It is used as a framework of develop 5 foundations and 12 positive Habits of the Mind leading to a variety of positive outcomes in children and in young people, including health, feeling safe, achievement, and positive contributions.
Student Code of Conduct
The Balwyn Primary School Code of Conduct Book
The Balwyn Primary School Code of Conduct book is a very important document that is used between teachers, students and families. The purpose of the book is to reflect the values of how we want others to treat us in our learning and playground environment. The aim is to foster an understating between home and school expectations regarding student behaviour.
Through regular referral to the book in class and at home we hope to promote a shared language of the Balwyn Values, we expect while providing a safe, healthy and caring environment for everyone.
We ask that families read through the book with their child/children discuss the expectations we have at Balwyn Primary School.
Student voice is valued and encouraged at Balwyn Primary School. Students in all year levels are represented in the Junior School Council.
Year 5/6 students as leaders of the school, are given a variety of opportunities throughout the year to lead in various areas such as Library Leaders, Music Leaders, Sport Councillors, LOTE Leaders, Principal Advisory Leaders (PAL), Student Wellbeing Advisory Team (SWAT) and Art Leaders.
Junior School Council
The Junior School Council is coordinated by Jacinta Grigg and Sarah Medland.
The Junior School Council is an opportunity for students to experience leadership at school, and to actively participate in decision making, planning and program implementation within the school. The children in each class from Prep to Year 2 are nominated by their classroom teachers based on merit and responsibility and Year 3 to Year 6 present a speech to their class and are elected by their peers for a twelve month term of office.
Junior School Council is represented in three sub committees; Social services (fundraising), Sustainability and Values. The subcommittees meet regularly each term. These meetings are chaired by the Year 5 and 6 representatives and facilitated by the teacher/s responsible for each committee. They discuss any items raised by the children of the various classes, as well as performing a range of fundraising and awareness activities for charity.
Some of the wonderful initiatives that the Junior School Council will be undertaking this year include:
- Raising money for Mamounata from Sanmatenga and Emaculate from Zimbabwe
- Learning about and conducting fundraising activities for health issues that affect the lives of children around the world
- Developing strategies for minimising paper waste to create a more sustainable school community
- Promoting and monitoring the responsible disposal of rubbish within the school community
- Encouraging healthy and sustainable living through a number of events such as Walk to School Day and Clean Up Australia Day
- Implementing a range of initiatives to celebrate and strengthen our school Values of Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Belonging and Empathy, including involvement in International and National celebrations such as Harmony Day
- Discussing issues raised by peers
- Presenting at assemblies, classroom visits and writing newsletter items to inform the school community of current initiatives