Behaviour Support

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  • School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support
  • Teaching Positive Behaviours
  • KHPS Behaviour Expectation Matrix
  • Responding to behaviour

School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support

As part of the Karingal Heights Primary School’s Behaviour Support Policy, we have adopted the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) endorsed School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework, to help build a positive learning environment and positive school culture for our students. As an internationally recognised framework the DET (2013) endorses the “School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support [as] an evidence-based framework for preventing and responding to student behaviour”. 

The framework works on the belief that all behaviour is a form of communication.  It is a three-tiered framework with strategies that assists the teacher to understand the functions of the behaviour and then respond positively and effectively to the student displaying the behaviour. It is a preventative approach that, when effective, creates a positive social climate through the promotion and reinforcement of expected social behaviours for all students (Bradshaw, Koth, & Leaf, 2009). 


The purpose of implementing School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) at Karingal Heights Primary School is to:

  • Embed a common language and behavioural expectations for the whole school community.
  • To provide a safe and orderly environment to enhance learning.
  • To use evidence-based decision making using SWPBS data.
  • To provide a common teaching base in the form of a behavioural matrix.
  • To embed a culture of positive behaviour (as opposed to punishment) through explicit teaching.

Introducing, modelling, and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important step in a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations and rewarding students for following them, is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding.


Statement of Purpose

At Karingal Heights Primary School we foster success, friendship and belonging by promoting responsible, respectful, resilient and safe behaviours.


Teaching Positive Behaviours

Tell – introduce the expected behaviour and why it is important
Show – demonstrate or model the rule
Practice – role play expected behaviour in relevant contexts
Monitor – Pre-correct, Supervise, Provide positive feedback
Reteach – practice throughout the day


Research has shown that SWPBS improves a school’s environment and encourages safe and productive classrooms for students and teachers by:

  • reducing disciplinary incidents
  • improving interpersonal relationships
  • improving attendance rates
  • increasing students’ sense of belonging and safety
  • supporting improved academic outcome

Meet our Mascots



KHPS has a culture of four key expectations, these are what we value:

Being Responsible – we are committed to supporting each other, for being accountable for our actions and encouraging all to achieve independence.
Being Respectful – we are committed to accepting each other as we are and valuing our strengths and differences.

Being Resilient – we are committed to accepting challenges and overcoming problems.

Being Safe - we are committed to the promotion of behaviours and creating environments that ensures the wellbeing of every member of the school community.



KHPS Behaviour Expectation Matrix


The Behaviour Expectation Matrix translates KHPS’s four expectations into expected behaviours.


Expected behaviours are explicitly taught in the classrooms. The matrix is referred to and discussed regularly with the students at KHPS.


Responding To Behaviour

Positive and Negative behaviour is always present in any school enviornment. We believe that both expected and undesirable behaviours are an opportunity for students to learn.


Behaviour response documents


Acknowledgment system   Behaviour Response Continuum