Positive behaviour for learning (PBL)
At Bentley Park College the expectations are:
- To be a Learner
- To be Respectful
- To be Safe
- To be Responsible
This is depicted across the College through the adoption of our “L Plate”.
Positive behaviour acknowledgements
Student will be acknowledged for exhibiting behaviours that meet the L Plate expectations. Bentley Park College has several acknowledgement systems in place including:
- Positive Postcards – sent home to students displaying L Plate expectations on a regular basis
- Attendance Awards – given out on formal parades
- Verbal praise
BENTLY BUCKS is a positive reward which uses a College Monetary system distributed by teachers, HOD’s, and members of Administration.
Students can receive $1, $5 or $20 Bentley Bucks which they can use at the College to purchase items from the Bentley Bucks shop such as stationery items and sporting equipment.
Each term the College provides a sausage sizzle BBQ where students can exchange their Bentley Bucks for a free lunch.
College Crusader is the positive rewards system for Senior Secondary. Students are issued with a Crusader card and earn signatures for L-Plate behaviours and service to school which allow provide students with access to end of term rewards activities, Bentley BBQ's and for Gold Card recipients, Senior Lunch room access. Students accumulate points towards a Bronze, Silver and Gold card level.
Parenting ideas - insights
The following is a link to some tips for parents/carers to provide them with suggestions on engaging in positive parenting strategies and improving the wellbeing of their adolescents.
Try not to argue with your teenager about bedtime. Instead, discuss the issue with them. Together, brainstorm ways to increase their nightly quota of sleep. Suggestions include:
- Allow your child to sleep in on the weekends.
- Encourage an early night every Sunday. A late night on Sunday followed by an early Monday morning will make your child drowsy for the start of the school week.
- Decide together on appropriate time limits for any stimulating activity such as homework, television or computer games. Encourage restful activities during the evening, such as reading.
- Avoid early morning appointments, classes or training sessions for your child if possible.
- Help your child to better schedule their after-school commitments to free up time for rest and sleep.
- Assess your child’s weekly schedule together and see if they are overcommitted. Help them to trim activities.
- Encourage your child to take an afternoon nap after school to help recharge their battery, if they have time.
- Work together to adjust your teenager’s body clock. You may like to consult with your doctor first.
Preventing sleep deprivation – tips for teenagers
The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include:
- Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
- Avoid loud music, homework, computer games or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
- Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid watching television right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
- Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
- Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week.
- Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime.
- Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work. Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits.