The ‘Always’ Way
Always: at all times; on all occasions
At Boundary we want our pupils to leave school with excellent subject knowledge but we also want them to leave as well rounded citizens. The ‘Always’ way is at the very heart of our behaviour system, centering around our five ‘Boundary Promises’ and our characteristics of an Always person. With this, we believe that all of our children will always make the right choices. Which is why each and every child is given an Always badge, as a gesture of faith in their abilities to succeed and we expect this to be worn, with pride, as part of their full school uniform.
The Always Badge
There are four different coloured Always badges, each belonging to a house. The houses are named after the roads surrounding our school. We have Bathurst (red), Rodwell (green), Chepstow (yellow) and Elston (blue). Every pupil in school and every member of staff (except for Miss. Ashton, Miss. Moyes and Mrs. Bunday who over see the houses) belong to a house and they wear their badge every single day, as it is part of our full school uniform. Always children take part in Always time on a Friday afternoon – this is an acknowledgement of all their hard work that they have put in throughout the week.
When children are awarded dojo points they are added to their house total, which encourages teamwork (which links to one of our Boundary promises to ‘work well together’), every Friday this total is calculated and the winning team for that week is announced during our celebration assembly.
‘We may be four houses but we are always one team’
Celebrating 'Always' Children
The Boundary Promises
‘Promise: If you promise that you will do something, you say to someone that you will definitely do it’
“The Boundary Promises are very important. You need to follow the promises to be an Always person and everybody wants to be an Always person because it is just the right thing to do. By being an Always person you learn to be resilient, kind, honest, trustworthy and many more character traits that will help you as you grow up. Another fact about the promises is that if you follow them all, they help to keep you safe and teach you how to be responsible for you own actions. Every choice we make has a consequence, it could be a bad or good consequence depending on the choices you have made. If you make a bad choice it means we have broken one of the promises and that is not good. If you make a promise then you have to keep it. I feel very proud to say that I am an Always person!” Tyler
To learn more about each promise click on the boxes below…
Characteristics of an Always Person
Characteristic: a typical or noticeable quality of someone
An Always person has fantastic character they are often very kind, honest, creative, curious, friendly and dependable to name just a few qualities.
Each week there is a new focus characteristic that is launched during Monday morning assembly by Miss. Ashton. Throughout the week each class look in detail at what that particular characteristic means and how the children can demonstrate it. We celebrate those children who have shown that characteristic by inviting children and staff to nominate someone who they feel deserves special recognition during our ‘characteristic nomination’ section of our celebration assembly which takes place every Friday afternoon.
Please click the button below to find out more information on all the characteristics
Here at Boundary we believe that children need a safe space to explore their emotions in order to develop their emotional intelligence. The Shield is part of our behaviour hierarchy but it is also a big part of the children’s school life. It is a place where children can come to talk about their worries, share their successes and to help them learn all about the characteristics of an Always person so they can truly become the best that they can be.
“The Shield is a great place to come, especially when you are angry. It is a safe space and you are allowed to say how you feel without feeling silly. I love the Shield.”
“The red table is for when you are feeling cross. You sit here and give yourself a chance to calm down. This is our safe space to be angry in Boundary.”
“The yellow table is for when you are a little bit annoyed but not so mad you have to sit at the red table. The adults around us know that when we are sat here, that we are not ready to talk. It is great that they can be so understanding.”
“The blue table is when you are calming down. It is here that the adults will have a conversation with you about what went wrong because by moving yourself along you are showing you can self-regulate.”
“This is where you sit when you are confident that you are ready to go back to class and make things right again.”
We use this area to show how we are feeling without needing to speak. If I sit at the red table, the adults around me know I am cross. If I sit at the blue table, the adults know I need to calm down. It is really good for me because sometimes I don’t want to speak straight away.”
“The Shield is a great place. It calms me down when I feel angry or worried. There are displays that give you advice, beans bags to sit on to help you relax and a view out over the playground. I really do love the Shield.”