BEGA High School has a wickedly positive message to share.
An enthusiastic group of BHS students were pounding the pavement recently, approaching local businesses to drum up support for the school’s Positive Behaviour in Schools (PBS) program.
The program rewards positive behaviour of students with “wicked tickets”, which entitle the students collecting them to enter draws for rewards donated by local businesses.
BHS science teacher and PBS committee member Martin Peterson said rewards included fortnightly draws for $20 meal vouchers at Grace’s as an example, while larger rewards were on offer for end-of-term draws.
They are also building to a major reward at the end of the year.
“The idea is, these businesses support us so we are supporting businesses,” Mr Peterson said.
He said the businesses get plugs in the school newsletter and at assemblies for their support of the program, donating prizes geared towards both students and their families.
“The program is widely used throughout NSW,” Mr Peterson said.
“It’s an effective system for changing behaviour – reinforcing positive behaviour.
“It’s maybe only five per cent not doing the right thing, but hopefully this is getting more of those kids on board.”
Bega High began the PBS program in Term 2 with students collecting wicked tickets for keeping the playground tidy (BDN, 28/6).
Mr Peterson said more recently the tickets were handed out for turning up to class on time after breaks.
“If they are doing the right thing, we reinforce that by saying good things in a positive way,” he said.
“The kids are really responsive to it.”
He said businesses throughout Bega, Tathra, Merimbula and Tura Beach were all responding to the program as well.
“They have all been very helpful and positive – about 80 per cent of the businesses we’ve approached have given something [ to be used as a reward],” Mr Peterson said.
“We are very appreciative of all the support.”