SUNRISE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY
Biblical Discipline is the training and shaping of character and behaviour [including the development of Godly attitudes and habits], through the consistent and loving application of Biblical principles. Proverbs 19:18.
The result of Biblical Discipline should be a person who is secure in their life purpose, self-disciplined in behaviour, not a slave to their emotions but able to make Godly choices in social issues of morality (Godly discernment). Proverbs 22:6.
In the light of Ephesians 6:4, Sunrise Christian School aims to work with parents to train their children to:
1. Foster dependence on God and His Word for a foundation for life 2 Tim. 3: 16-17
2. Encourage growth in self discipline Hebrews 12: 4 -12
3. Build respect and concern for others Hebrews 12:14
4. Develop a respect for those in authority over them Romans 13:1 & Hebrews 13:17
Sunrise Christian School gains its authority to discipline the students in attendance directly from the parents, believing that the parents are accountable to God for the training and nurturing of their children.
Together with the parents, Sunrise teachers will:
a) Model Christian living by their lifestyle, words and attitudes for students
b) Train and discipline students in a way to promote self control and obedience.
Communication with parents when ministering discipline to student children who fail to respond to correction by changing their behaviour is vital. Families may be advised or recommended to consult agencies such as Community Services or Counselling services which can be accessed through the family church or family doctor.
Sunrise aims to see each student progress to Grade 7 successfully but it is accepted that should the discipline procedures fail to achieve the positive behaviour changes necessary, the school may require the parents to withdraw the student.
Specific negative behaviours such as putting down another student, bullying, harassing, swearing and fighting will be addressed specifically and swiftly.
Ultimately there is a requirement for parents and teachers to work together to train students to be obedient to the Godly standards agreed upon by the Christian home and school. Therefore, “putting down and bullying” can be seen as a refusal to respect and care for others, “swearing” as a refusal to have pure speech, etc.
The principles of Biblical discipline outworked co-operatively are effective towards the ultimate goal of self-discipline or submission to the discipline of the Holy Spirit within.
If you wish to see further information regarding our Discipline approach please ask for our "Parent Discipline Handbook" from the school office.