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We have seen a range of stories about behaviour in schools, from examples of bad, even violent behavior, to the implementation of a curriculum on positive behaviour intervention.
Students in public schools are now being taught that behaviours they might think are “No big deal,” actually can hurt others and hurt their own futures.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has more.

“And they will treat me how I liked to be treated,” said a year six student.

Public schools on island are starting to have friendlier climates as the positive behaviour intervention programme teaches kids to not only respect others… but to respect themselves.

“If I grow up and I am not cooperative, I might get fired, I might not have any friends,” said another year six student.

“They are holding themselves to account and that really sorts out a lot of those low-lying behaviours that cause problems in schools,” Said Prospect Primary Principle, Matthew Read.

School issues such as bullying can make school environments more negative and students no longer want to participate.

“You can see a low impact on school attendance, school participation, those being very low, engagement also, kids that are being bullied, they are more likely to socially withdraw as well,” said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center.

Without respect being taught in schools, students will not know when joking goes too far.

“What is good teasing, what is bad teasing, what is unintentional teasing and how these behaviours can lead to bullying,” said Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Center.

And the difference will be taught during the positive sessions.

“Not being drawn into other behaviours or not being swayed by peer pressure into doing things they know that they shouldn’t be, it’s about giving them the role models that are giving them the positives rather than the role models giving them the negatives and changing the behaviour that way,” said Prospect Primary Principle, Matthew Read.

These lessons learned won’t leave them when they leave for highschool and for life.

“The concepts they continue to have at secondary school, so they will constantly be reminded of those expectations in the way we want them to behave and will become something that is just second nature to the whole system,” Said Prospect Primary Principle, Matthew Read,

There is a family resource center has an event for families called “Bully proof your child” a seminar which will take place on the 19th of October from 6 – 7:30PM at the Family Resource Office.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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