House points: House points are given for non-academic, social or behavioural success, effort or achievement – e.g. good behaviour, helpfulness, responsibility etc. They are collected on a weekly basis. Each week, a cup will be given to the house with the highest number of points. The school has six houses:
Every child from Years 1 to 6 is allocated to a house on arrival to the school. Wherever possible, siblings are placed in the same house.
Raffle Tickets: These are used to reward good behaviour and manners at lunchtimes. They are only given by MDSAs. One raffle ticket is picked from each year group during Monday assembly. The children selected are invited to a party at the end of term. If they are picked twice in a term, they can select a friend to go to the party with them. Every ticket picked in assembly also earns 5 housepoints.
Star of the Week: Two certificates are decided by the class teacher each week. These have the general purpose of rewarding children for being good learners – e.g. hard work and notable effort. Certificates are given out in the Friday Assembly. They are then signed by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or one of the Assistant Heads. They are then sent home.
Super Citizens: One certificate is decided by the class teacher each week. These have the general purpose of rewarding children for being notably positive members of the school or class community – e.g. kindness, generosity or willingness to help others. Certificates are given out in the Friday Assembly. They are then signed by the Headteacher or one of the Assistant Heads. They are then sent home.
Headteacher’s Award: Individual children who produce exceptional work will be rewarded with a Headteacher’s Award. They are sent to the Head with a brief description of what it is that makes the work exceptional. Headteachers awards are given out in Headteacher’s Assembly. They give a public acknowledgement of effort and achievement
Marbles: Marbles are given as a whole class reward for exceptional behaviour, or to encourage improvements in behaviour. Once the marbles have been earned, the children will participate in an agreed reward activity – e.g. a whole class picnic one afternoon, an extra session in the ball area, etc
Sometimes, children do not find it easy to behave. This can be for a number of reasons, and the best way of turning challenging behaviour round is to get to the root cause. We have a very clear behaviour policy, which sets out the sanctions we use when children find it hard to follow the school’s rules and expectations. We have identified five levels of negative behaviour, with clear sanctions linked to the behaviours at each level, and also take account of whether the behaviour was an isolated incident, or part of a repeated pattern.
You can see our levels here:
Parents will be informed of any deterioration in behaviour and their support is required in helping the child to improve.
Bullying is rare at Bourne, and we do everything we can to ensure it does not continue. Our school council have produced a definition of bullying which we hope every parent and child will use to help us decide if a child is being bullied:
Bourne School is committed to tackling bullying head on, and we do this in several ways:
· We support children who tell us they are being bullied, by developing their resilience, and giving them strategies which will help them to take control of the situation, leading it to stop
· We recognise that no one who is happy would bully, and so provide support for those who use bullying strategies to upset others
· Throughout the year, we use assemblies and PSHE lessons to remind children that bullying is wrong and must be reported
· We mark anti-bullying week every November
· Our computing curriculum has a key focus on online safety and cyber-bullying.