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Changing behaviour

Representative from the Ministry of Education Ovid Gibbs being presented with a token of appreciation from student Leann Scantlebury.

Representative from the Ministry of Education Ovid Gibbs being presented with a token of appreciation from student Leann Scantlebury.

First formers of Coleridge and Parry School should now have a better understanding of why they should always display the highest standard of respect, punctuality and deportment.

This is because the students of the Ashton Hall, St. Peter school have completed the Schools’ Positive Behaviour Management Programme and marked the achievement with an awards ceremony which in the school’s Joseph S. Yearwood Hall today.

Deputy Principal, Alva Hood, explained that the national programme, which was started in 2007, targeted 13 schools and was geared toward the observation of students’ conduct with the aim of bringing achieving consistent positive behavior.

“The programme is not about punishment, the programme seeks to avoid punishment as a means of bringing about changes in behaviour,” Hood said. “It seeks to guide children and provide useful awards and rewards when children do something which is positive.

“The programme also seeks to recognise all aspects of school life, particularly excellence in sporting events, in the intellectual and creative arts as well as excellence in areas of deportment and … other school activities that would regularly go unnoticed for recognition and awards.”

The deputy principal said that his expectations for the students would be to develop a new charter of how children ought to behave in order to achieve. He added that too often children did not achieve the targets that they set for themselves because they were hindered by aspects of deviance.

“We believe with this programme that children will be encouraged and inspired to do the things that are right, that they will be inspired to be focused and to take the highway to achieve in school,” he added.

Awardees of the programme had their performance measured using a points system. The deputy principal noted that those students who scored between nine and 12 points were recognised as being above the proficiency average. Additionally, those students between eight and five were considered average and those below five points were encouraged to improve.

Principal of the school, Vincent Fergusson, advised the students: “Positive behaviour can be learnt just as you learn negative behaviour… Every child needs at least one competent and caring adult to experience success.

“Students, you and your school can make a difference. If you do not have that caring experience at home, we are going to provide it for you here at Coleridge and Parry and you are going to be successful.”

Past student of the school and representative of the Ministry of Education Ovid Gibbs advised the children to strive for success in their school life and to be proud of their achievements. Gibbs mentioned that the introduction of the programme made a positive impact on the students and reassured those involved in the SPBMP that their efforts did not go unnoticed. (MR)


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