A student’s behaviour should be based on self-discipline so that responses are appropriate even when no authority is present. When, however, intervention is necessary, it is aimed at assisting students in developing a sense of responsibility for their own behaviour. For the majority of students, teachers aim at affirming student behaviour that is conducive to learning.
The Student Management Process at Emmaus works through a number of stages. For minor infractions the Class teacher works with the student to modify unacceptable behaviour. If students misbehave in such a way as to interrupt the learning process of themselves or other students in the class, they may be removed from class to reflect upon the problem and come up with a solution.
At this stage, the Class Teacher alone works with the student to devise a plan of action. Later stages involve the Leader of Learning, Leader of Mission, Head of Learning, Assistant Principal or conferring with parents. At all stages, students are encouraged to work out their own solutions, and to come up with some form of restitution. Parents are notified if a student is removed from class. Other aspects of the Student Management Process focus on the general expectations of the school and known consequences if these expectations are not met.
Detentions are held every Wednesday afternoon. Parents are given twenty-four hours notice of afternoon detention.
Progress report cards are used to monitor the progress in class of students who have experienced continual behavioural problems in class.
Suspension from school or from class, is used for serious offences or for continued failure to meet the College’s expectations of behaviour.