Behaviour program set to go public

POSITIVE: Brodie Daniels, 17, Zoe Chapman, 12, Alannah Newell, 16, Simoa Tolovaa, 6, Ryan Hanly, 12, and Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz at MarketPlace Raymond Terrace. Picture: Stephen Wark
POSITIVE: Brodie Daniels, 17, Zoe Chapman, 12, Alannah Newell, 16, Simoa Tolovaa, 6, Ryan Hanly, 12, and Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz at MarketPlace Raymond Terrace. Picture: Stephen Wark

FIVE Raymond Terrace public schools have joined forces to roll out a positive behaviour program in the community.

Each school uses the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) program to encourage students to respect others.

Merri Jameson from Irrawang Public School said PBL had produced strong results at the schools during the past four years. Now they hope to involve the community.

"We're looking at using shopkeepers, businesses, service providers to come on board and help with this program," Ms Jameson said.

"When they see a child do something good, we want them to acknowledge it with them.

"This way we are reinforcing all the time what the children are supposed to be doing, not just in school but in the community."

MarketPlace Raymond Terrace has said it would take on the program and reward students for good behaviour. It would put signs, around the centre showing the behaviours children and even adults were expected to have while in public.

When this was seen being carried out, the children would be rewarded by staff with a small certificate.

Ms Jameson said the idea was all about reinforcing positive behaviours, which were sometimes expected of children.

To learn more or get involved, phone Ms Jameson at Irrawang Public School on 4987 2403.

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