Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Have you been hearing through the grapevine about these merits? Chocolates? Macca’s vouchers? They are all ways that your child is being recognised for their positive behaviour at St Luke’s College.

For those of you who do not know, we implemented a whole-school initiative aiming to help students feel they belong at St Luke’s College and to improve student wellbeing.

We have done this through a number of ways, such as:

  • Giving the students a voice through the Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • Introducing students to four school expectations (be a learner, be responsible, be respectful and be caring)
  • Introduced a rewards-based system to help focus on positive behaviour rather than the negative behaviour
  • All staff are expected to implement the system for consistency
  • Provided lots of training for student leaders to develop their leadership skills
  • The list is growing…

As a result of PBL, we have seen a huge shift in the students’ behaviour which is also evident from the data we have been collecting using QR codes. The data is used for teachers to observe any patterns or trends across cohorts, gender, house etc. In addition, the students have access to the data to use to decide student appropriate activities through the SRC, the House Council and the Student Executive teams.

2, 479 merits YTD

Year 8 cohort with the most merits 

Harding is the house with the most merits

The general comment made by teachers is that their teaching environment is much nicer this year as students want to be seen to be adhering to the student expectations and it is a lot nicer focusing on the positives rather than the negatives.

We have seen an insurgence of student-driven ideas from the student groups such as a girls boxing club, a Year 9 girls wellbeing club, Year 10 and 11 boys organising staff verse student dodgeball matches at lunchtimes and SRC have been raising funds for bigger activities they plan to run (keep an eye out for the SRC led Colour Run and movie night). 

Congratulations to the following students who have either been awarded the most merits for each house or is the House Coordinator’s choice for outstanding demonstration of the four behaviour expectations.


Zane Goes

Alice Tunstead

Ila Vaughan-Williams


Ruby Murphy

Victoria Phillips

Luke Tunstead


Hayden Watts

Rachel Hinkley

Riley Jamieson


Heleina De Guzman

Ben Gathmann

Levi Abercromby


It has been pleasing to see this shift in student attitude and involvement this year and we look forward to the exciting changes to continue.

The rest of the year will be spent expanding PBL to the broader community of St Luke’s College, welcoming parent/guardian involvement and ideas for them to be recognised as valued members of the College. We have already begun to do this through the Saintly Brew Café, where students, staff and parents are invited to come to the College and purchase a coffee to enjoy with their child and the staff. The café is open every Tuesday before school (7:30 – 8:15 am). Please follow the St Luke’s College Facebook page for more details.


If you have any suggestions on how parents can be involved further in the College or ways the PBL team can help improve the wellbeing of students, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s House Coordinator.

We look forward to updating you throughout the rest of the year with more data and achievements of PBL.

Brooke Pollard
Maitland House Coordinator
PBL Team