In Junior School (Years 4-6) at St. Edmund's College we aim to provide a strong platform for our students to move with confidence into the High School. Strong Pastoral Care is an integral part of Junior School here at the College. Pastoral Care is provided by class teachers in Years 4-6. We aim to foster strong relationships between staff and students to help the boys achieve their full potential socially, academically and spiritually. Junior School is designed to prepare the boys for the challenges of adolescence by equipping them with skills to cope with change and by providing a smooth transition to the High School.
Behaviour management in the Junior School is based on restorative practice. This means students are given opportunities to reflect on their behaviour and how different people are affected. The aim of any restorative practice opportunity is to help mend any damaged relationships and to help boys think about their choices. All boys in Junior School classes adhere to the 5 non-negotiables for the classroom.
All students are expected to adhere to the 5 non-negotiables. Rules for play and inside the classroom are made clear by each class teacher. There is a strict 'Hands Off' policy in the Junior School. A timeout reflection opportunity is provided for boys who don't adhere to the non-negotiables. These opportunities occur during lunchtime in a designated area. A staff member will provide an exercise in restorative practice to help the student understand where he has made a poor choice. This sheet is taken home and signed by a parent/guardian and then returned to the class teacher the very next day.
After a student has been given 3 timeouts he automatically receives an afternoon detention which is generally held on a Tuesday.