Children in this day and age receive a myriad of messages about what is right, what is wrong and how they should respond to these messages can, at times, be understandably confusing for them. Advertising, television, the internet and peer groups have much to answer for when it comes to our children is understanding what is OK and what isn’t.
Our homes become increasingly busy as we juggle work, church, family, sporting and co-curricular commitments and homework. Our children need to know what is expected and what isn’t. This is true for both home and school.
This is one of the reasons why the high expectations of St Peter’s are in place. Our behaviour, uniform, bookwork and learning expectations are clear and enforced with all students. One child’s choices should not disadvantage another. Most importantly, choices must not disrupt or distract another child’s learning.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of parents as we address issues on a daily basis to ensure all children know the expectations we have and know the boundaries in which they can operate. When a child is reminded of our expectations, be it a behavioural, classroom or uniform expectation, on most occasions, the response indicates our students know what is expected.
Where high expectations are in place, and enforced, we allow for an environment where children can thrive, can be stretched, challenged and be the learners we long for our children to be.