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Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole school program that actively promotes positive behaviour. It enables students to develop a clear understanding of required expectations, become responsible for their own behaviour and work together to create a positive, productive and harmonious learning community. Our school-wide expectations are represented with a bee mascot: Bee Safe, Bee Respectful, Bee Responsible and Bee an Active Learner. 

PBL is a data driven program. Therefore, what we learn from the data, such as, specific inappropriate behaviours which we need to address, effects what we do throughout the school in PBL. A PBL committee meets on a fortnightly basis to organise the implementation of PBL and review data. Each week, the school will have an area of focus that involves explicit teaching and support of positive behaviours. Teachers and students will participate in lessons that involve discussion, role-play and reflection.

Our school wide PBL universals define our expectations for all settings at Mudgee Public School. For more information, please view our Classroom and Non-Classroom Matrix.


Bee Safe

  • Follow the rules
  • Friendly faces
  • Stay in bounds
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself

Bee Respectful

PBL Bee responsible
  • Follow adult instructions
  • Good listening
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Sensible voices

Bee Responsible

  • Being truthful
  • Take care of property
  • Think about consequences
  • Report any problems to a teacher

Bee An Active Learner

  • Give your full effort
  • Every day - learn something, think something, be creative
  • Use your time well
  • Listen and do

Rewarding positive behaviour

How is Positive Behaviour Rewarded?

In the classroom, teachers use coloured buzzies when they observe students displaying positive behaviours. Some teachers may use a Bee Sticker Chart as an additional reward. Each classroom teacher is responsible for deciding how many buzzies need to be collected and what their classroom buzzies and sticker charts can be traded for.

For inappropriate behaviour, all teachers use a time-out and level system.

In the playground, teachers use playground buzzies (white) when they observe students displaying positive behaviours. Playground buzzies are stored in the classroom in a box until the next assembly. On the assembly, playground buzzies are tipped into a grade box where 3 students are drawn out from each grade. Winners can choose one of the following prizes: an ice block, computer time, free time, teacher’s assistance or a prize draw. All playground buzzies that are collected during the week are then tipped into the Buzzy Barrel. When a certain marker is reached, the whole school receives a reward.

What is the award system for Positive Behaviour?

Each week on assembly, teachers select a Student of the Week and give merit awards to students in their class for positive behaviour according to our school-wide expectations. The number of students in the class determines the number of awards that are given. Merit awards, of any kind, from any grade, can then be traded.

  • 4 merits = Bronze Award
  • 2 Bronze Awards = Silver Award
  • 2 Silver Awards = Gold Award

Additional awards for positive behaviour include:

Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal's Award

The classroom teacher sends a student to the AP or DP for excellent effort, work or behaviour.

Principal’s Award

The classroom teacher sends a student to the Principal for outstanding effort, work or behaviour, or for completing their reading log.

Principal’s Book Award

When students have collected 6 Principal’s Awards.

Mudgee Public School Pennant

To be eligible for this award, students need to have achieved:

  • 1 Gold Certificate
  • 2 Principal Awards and 2 Assistant Principal Awards. 
  • Attended 2 ANZAC or community events representing MPS (sport, band, choir, art comps etc). 
  • No suspensions in the last 12 months. 
  • No more than three Level 1-3 in the last 12 months

Principal’s Gold Medallion

This award is presented to students in Year 6. To be considered for this award, students need to have achieved:

  • the Mudgee Public School Pennant
  • in addition to the collection for the pennant, once again achieved 1 Gold Certificate
  • 2 Principal Awards
  • 2 Assistant Principal Awards. 

As part of the consideration process, students need to complete a Gold Medallion Application Form and, in their own words, explain how they have demonstrated Positive Behaviour for Learning by being a Safe, Respectful, Responsible, Active Learner at Mudgee Public School.