School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPBS)

SWPBS is an evidence-based school wide framework that brings our school community together to develop a positive, safe and supportive learning culture. SWPBS provides a framework and strategies that when adopted across the whole school will set clear, consistent expectations and positive values.


Our Rationale:

At Whitehorse Primary School, we strive to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment by showing respect for ourselves, for others, and for our school. We believe by helping students practise good behaviour, we will build a school community where all students learn in an environment where they can succeed and grow. 


By implementing SWPBS we aim to:

  • Provide a safe and orderly environment to enhance learning
  • Embed common behavioural expectations for our school community
  • Improve social-emotional wellbeing
  • Increase respectful and positive behaviour

SWPBS Support Awards:

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support Awards identify and recognise Victorian Government Schools that have implemented the framework to a high standard during the previous twelve months.

The awards criteria are reviewed annually and with a continued focus on recognising excellent practices in the implementation of SWPBS at the school. There are four awards:


In our first year of implementation, Whitehorse Primary School was successful in achieving the Blue Award. We have been recognised for having a clear and current Action Plan, with an established team of teachers and a high level of communication with our community and starting the data collection process to help us improve.


Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (also known as The 4R’s) is an evidence based Well-Being initiative from the Victorian State Government and the Department of Education and Training, based on recommendations gathered from a 2016 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.


The 4R’s is designed to equip our students with the skills to build healthy relationships based on respect, develop their resilience, confidence, emotional capabilities and problem solving skills. Additionally, the approach promotes positive social attitudes and gender equality.


Activities and learning materials have been developed by leading education experts who tailor all materials to each year level, ensuring all information is age-appropriate, curriculum aligned and grounded in evidence.


The initiative covers eight topics across all years of schooling including:

  • Emotional literacy
  • Personal strengths
  • Positive coping
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Help-seeking
  • Gender identity
  • Positive gender relations.

It is our aim that our Whitehorse students will develop a deep understanding of what a respectful relationship looks and feels like. We also aim for students to understand their rights and responsibilities and recognise and celebrate our differences, personal strengths and uniqueness!


To find out more about The 4R’s, please visit www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships