At PCC we are striving to maintain a positive climate for learning by developing strong
relationships, authentic engagement practices and high and consistent expectations, thereby
increasing student engagement and the development of a growth mindset in all students.
The core elements underpinning our positive climate are; SWPBS, Berry St Education Model
Implementation and the embedding of Rights, Resilience and Respectful Relationships
The School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework encompasses our four core
values of We are Learners. We are Responsible. We are Respectful. We are Safe. These
behaviours are designed to promote consistency across the College and are unpacked within
the Student Matrix. The Staff and Community matrices outline the expected behaviours for
staff, parents and community members which model these expectations for students.
The Berry St Education Model is a research based approach which provides strategies
for teachers and students that strengthen relationships and build acceptance, connectedness
and belonging. Outcomes include; improved emotional and social wellbeing, increased self
esteem, increased capacity to build ongoing healthy relationships, increased resilience and
growth mindset, and higher levels of engagement and attendance.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships is a Government initiative rolled
out in all schools and aligns directly with the Personal & Social Capabilities strand of the
Victorian Curriculum. The initiative promotes and models respect, positive attitudes &
behaviours towards others and teaches students how to build healthy relationships, resilience
Prior to school resuming this year our staff completed their third Berry St Education Model professional learning day,
with a focus on Stamina and Engagement. During the term we have undertaken a College wide commitment to ensuring
students are ‘ready to learn’, which has included relationship building, the establishment of consistent structures,
routines and expectations, and developing students’ understanding of their ability to manage their own emotional
By the end of Term 1, all students will have their own ‘Ready to Learn’ plan in place, which will include the
self regulation strategies they have identified that work best for them as individuals.Our final BSEM Curriculum Day on
5th April will focus on Character Strengths. These BSEM skills and strategies will not only assist our students as learners
at school, but also as socially and emotionally competent adults.
We are excited about building on this work throughout the year and will be providing information and gathering feedback
from all stakeholders as we go.
In the interim please take some time to talk about the learning environment with your children, including terms such as
ready to learn, self-regulation, de-escalation, mindfulness and being present, centred and grounded.
Positive Climate and Engagement