Behaviour management


What is The Mapleton Way?

Our school rules are known as ‘The Mapleton Way’ (The 4C’s). They are:

  • Care for Others
  • Care for Self
  • Care for Learning
  • Care for the Environment

As a school, we focus on The Mapleton Way via discussions in the classroom, on the playground and communicate with our school community on parade, in the newsletter and on social media outlets. We support our students by discussing ways in which we can enact the school rules and relate it to positive behaviour choices. Teachers and school staff work together to explicitly explain what this looks, sounds and feels like to help our students build their understanding.

For example, when focusing on ‘Care for Others’ we would discuss:

  • manners and being polite including saying “Please”, “Thank you” and “Excuse Me”
  • moving around the school in an orderly manner and being considerate of others.
  • lining up when the bell goes.
  • being considerate of the feelings of others
  • sharing with others
  • speaking respectfully to staff, parents and students
  • showing care and concern for others 
  • actively Listen – take the time to listen to others by looking at them and not interrupting.
  • encouraging others
  • being helpful
  • congratulating others
  • respecting personal space. ​​

What is Positive Behaviour Learning?

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) (PDF, 259KB) is an evidence based whole school process to improve learning outcomes for all students.  Positive Behaviour for Learning brings together the whole-school community to create a safe, positive learning environment that enables student learning and wellbeing.

When PBL is implemented, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction. Some of the benefits for students and staff are:

  • reduced problem behaviour
  • increased time focused on instruction
  • improved social-emotional wellbeing
  • positive and respectful relationships among students and staff
  • support for teachers to teach, model and respond effectively to student need
  • a predictable learning environment where staff and students know what is expected to deliver effective practices that can be sustained over time.


PBL can be implemented in any school setting to support students from pre-school through to Year 12. In fact, many schools in our local area also use the PBL approach. The PBL framework supports schools to identify and successfully implement evidenced-based whole-school practices that enhance learning outcomes for children and young people.

Positive Behaviour for Learning at Mapleton State School

As a whole school community, we have been working on developing our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) system. Positive Behaviour for Learning brings together the whole-school community to create a safe, positive learning environment that enables student learning and wellbeing. We seek feedback from parents regarding our positive behaviour for learning approach during the implementation process and we are using this feedback to refine our approach.

What next?

We will continue to share further Positive Behaviour Learning practices and processes at Mapleton State School with parents and the community. Our goal is that working together, our school community can continue to respond positively and support our journey in establishing positive practices that enhance student learning and potential. If you would like any further information and need clarification regarding this, please come and chat with either Julianne or the classroom teachers.

Last reviewed 10 May 2023
Last updated 10 May 2023