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Positive Behaviour for Learning

Newcastle High School is very proud of its happy and safe learning environment. All students are expected to adhere to the Department of Education and Training (DET) Core Rules.

Positive Behaviour for Learning


Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) has been adopted with the core values of Respect, Responsibility and Participation. It is expected that all students proudly work together to promote these core values.

Newcastle High School has developed new policies for Behaviour Expectations and Reward Systems. Behaviour that infringes on the safety of others, such as harassment, bullying and illegal or anti-social behaviour of any kind, will not be tolerated. The following process indicates action that may be taken when poor behaviour is displayed:

  1. Classroom teacher identifies behaviour and works with the student to resolve it.
  2. Head Teacher and the classroom teacher address the situation and try to resolve it, for example, through parental contact.
  3. Deputy referral - the DP and the Executive resolve the problem through discipline and welfare processes.

Newcastle High School recognises that the vast majority of students promote positive behavior throughout their schooling. The Gotcha System rewards students when they are ‘caught doing the right thing'. Students receive a Gotcha slip identifying their Respectful, Responsible or Participative behaviour. The slip goes into a weekly draw to win prizes at Assembly. This recognition of positive behavior allows us to focus on building positive, productive relationships for students in their learning environment.

Local businesses, the school canteen and supporters of the school assist us in the recognition of positive behavior by providing gift vouchers and rewards to continue our positive focus. We gratefully acknowledge their contribution in our monthly bulletin to parents and the community.

The Newcastle High School Academic Awards have been updated to reflect excellent academic achievements while at school. Students can work toward certificates that can be displayed in their resume.

It is expected that the playground is a safe and great part of the school. Clear signage explains expectations in Passive and Active areas, the Canteen and in Bus Lines. The following map indicates the various playground areas in the school as well as Out of Bounds areas. At break times, students should not enter the building without teacher permission.