John Barsby is a PBIS School

What is PBIS? Positive Behaviour Intervention Support

The guiding principles of a PBIS school are to:

  • Be clear about behavioural expectations and what success looks like
  • Pre- correct for anticipated behaviours
  • Be fair, reasonable and consistent with responses and consequences (Fair is not always Equal)
  • Respect the uniqueness of each student, each incident, and each set of circumstances
  • Discipline process is designed to be an instrument of success and inclusion

Research has shown that when students are shown how to behave in an appropriate way, performance in academics increases. Being clear and direct around appropriate behaviour also helps to reduce anxiety.

In preparing to be a PBIS school, many in-service sessions was provided to staff. After that, our first goal was to develop a matrix of behavioural expectations specific to the culture of John Barsby -please see below.

Over a five week period, staff worked with students to learn the behavioural expectations around responsibility, integrity, and respect to:  yourself, others, learning, environment, and community.

This matrix can be defined as: “Do the right Thing”, Get Better Each Day” and “Try Your Best.” This has been phrased as the “Barsby Way.”


Behaviour Expectations for John Barsby Students


I am aware of my own behaviour.”


“I do what I say I’m going to do; I can be trusted.”


“Through what I do impacts the world around me.”

To Yourself
  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Keep your body healthy
  • Present yourself properly
  • Be honest
  • Persevere through tasks
  • Do what is expected and right
  • Strive to accomplish personal goals
  • Attend all classes
  • Arrive on time
  • Bring materials
  • Make up missed work
To Others



  • Hands/feet to yourself
  • There is a time to listen and a time to speak
  • Use appropriate language for the situation
  • Be a good friend
  • Be trustworthy
  • Admit, fix, and learn from your mistakes
  • Be part of a productive learning environment
  • Words are powerful…use them positively (no put downs)
  • Accept others
To Your Learning
  • Appreciate others’ right to learn
  • Recognize your own learning opportunities
  • Try your best
  • Do your own work
  • Complete all work
  • Ask for help
  • Listen to instruction
  • Meet deadlines
  • Study for tests & quizzes
To the Environment
  • Report vandalism/graffiti
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Use all equipment appropriately
  • Keep your school clean
  • Make visitors feel welcome
  • Participate/support school events/activities
  • Recycle
  • Prevent vandalism
To the Community
  • Be aware of and respect the people around you
  • Pay it forward…do something nice for someone else
  • Set a good example
  • Be a positive role model
  • Make our community better for yourself and others


Try Your Best, Get Better each Day, Do the Right Thing – It’s the Barsby Way