Pupil Wellbeing

Concord Kids CARE

AT Concord School we follow the CARE expectations. These are important to support and promote a safe, happy and successful learning environment. These expectations are discussed regularly in classes and at CARE assemblies.

Our golden rules


Children enjoying biking for Golden Time

This is probably the favourite time of the week where the students are rewarded for all their positive behaviour. Every class has the CARE expectations displayed and these are also on the walls outside in the playground. When a student makes a negative choice or breaks a CARE expectation, they get a verbal warning, or a warning card. The next step is to go into the yellow spot for seniors or a cloud for the juniors. Then if they go into the Red spot or sad cloud, they lose CARE Time. At the end of the week, every student has CARE Time for half an hour in which they opt in to an activity of their own choice. If they have lost e.g. 5 minutes CARE TIME, they have to wait that amount of time before they can join in the reward.

Examples of these activities include dodgeball, cricket, rugby, lego building, painting, cooking, carving, cardmaking and running a café.

Quality Circle Time

Quality Circle Time Students in Quality Circle Time.

Concord School has been working with the Quality Circle Time contract over the last three years with a cluster of South Dunedin Schools.

There are many parts to the programme but essentially it is a social programme that provides a structure and strategies to sort out any relationship problems both within classrooms and the playground, provides a variety of options for playground activities, and rewards and celebrates children for good choices they make with their behaviour.

Classroom Circle Time

Circle time is an opportunity for children to play some cool games and have fun. It is also a way to talk about any classroom or school issues that are bothering them. Everyone is able to give advice and also take responsibility for helping another child with their problem. The children especially enjoy thanking others for being a friend or even apologise for upsetting another class member. With circle time, children can practice oral language, co-operation, have some physical activity, practice being calm and focus on solving problems. It is timetabled weekly.

Positive Education and the Strengths Programme

Concord School focuses on Positive Ed and the Core Strengths, to support the Virtues and help to sustain the very successful Quality Circle Time programme. We are strongly committed to enhancing student wellbeing and helping them to flourish socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Positive psychology techniques build on student strengths to promote engagement in their learning, develop positive relationships and encourage positive emotions, especially gratitude, to enhance their lives and enable successful student achievement. Research shows that wellbeing leads to improved learning outcomes, increased life satisfaction and personal resilience. Our Monday assemblies now focus on identifying and acknowledging Strengths in children and encouraging them to know when to use them.

Key Concord Strengths


The Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour is a service based in the South Dunedin area for schools like us to access when we need to meet the learning and behaviour needs of some children in a more specific way. These teachers have special skills to work alongside our classroom teachers and assist us to put programmes in place to help these children.

The Code of School Behaviour

Concord School is committed to providing quality learning opportunities that enable all students to achieve within safe, supportive and respectful learning environments, that are socially inclusive and positive.

All members of school communities are expected to:

Students are expected to:

Parents/Caregivers are expected to:

The Teachers are expected to:

Principals and Senior Staff are expected to:

Consequences for Unacceptable Student Behaviour

Student behaviour that does not comply with the expected standards, and disrupts another's learning or well being, is not acceptable. The Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students will set out the range and level of responses and consequences for student behaviour that is not consistent with these standards, and will provide a structure to assist teachers and support staff when dealing with behaviour problems. Corporal punishment is not used.

Consequences are to be applied to:

In applying consequences for unacceptable student behaviour, the individual circumstances and actions of the student, and the needs and rights of school community members, will be considered at all times.

Teachers will use a range of consequences, which might include:

These consequences are used in accordance with the Responsible Behaviour Plan 2008.

The Code of School Behaviour is based on the following values and principles:



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