Edinburgh Colleges four Positive Behaviour for Learning values are:
- Respect Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you… Matthew 7:12
- Resilience But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. Hebrews 10:36
- Responsibility Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galations 6:5
- Willingness to Learn Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6
At primary level, students who display these values are rewarded in novel ways like colourful “Gotchu” cards that are worn around the school. Every week, four Gotchu card recipients are randomly selected for novel rewards like sitting in bean bags with a chosen friend at Friday chapel and enjoy boxes of popcorn and a drink.
In the senior school, students are given rewards like iTunes and pizza vouchers, and letters of merit to send to their parents and potential employers. Secondary students who consistently demonstrate the PB4L philosophy are invited to a Merit Morning Tea in the café, in recognition of good behaviour.
Since implementing the program in 2017, Edinburgh has experienced a 46% drop in the number of disciplined students from Term 1 to Term 4.
The University of Melbourne has rated Edinburgh College one of the most successful in Victoria after it completed the first stage or “tier” – which usually takes a minimum of a year – in a record nine months. It achieved a score of 29/30, outperforming most of the Victorian schools to introduce the program.
Here are some examples of PB4L at Edinburgh College: