East Maitland Public School

Respect Responsibility Learning

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What is Responsibility?

Being responsible means that others can depend on you. You are willing to be accountable for your actions. When things go wrong and you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements. You give your best to any job. Responsibility is the ability to respond ably. It is a sign of growing up.

Why Practice It?

When you take responsibility for your own actions, others can trust you. When people are not responsible, they break their promises, fail to do what they said they would do and let people down. People who make excuses instead of amends keep making the same mistakes. When you are responsible, you get things done with excellence.

How do you practice it?

When you agree to do something, like homework, watching a younger child, or a job around the house, you take it as your responsibility. You don't agree to do things which are too hard, or that you don't really have time for. When you make a mistake, you don't get defensive. You learn from it and you fix it. You are ready and willing to clear up misunderstandings.

Signs of Success


Responsibility is …


Students demonstrate by:

Adults demonstrate by:

  • Taking pride in our school and school image
  • Doing your job
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • Accepting consequences for actions
  • Bringing everything you need
  • Accepting responsibility for your own actions
  • Doing what they are asked to
  • Have equipment / homework / hats etc ready
  • Own up and accept blame / consequences
  • To be honest
  • Be willing to accept roles / show citizenship and help others
  • Be willing to extend self
  • Apply myself to learning
  • Look after and care for my environment
  • Do the tasks allocated to them
  • Being a role model
  • Inform students of their responsibilities
  • Act with integrity
  • Acknowledge and accept individual differences
  • Recognise and acknowledge responsible children
  • Consistency – clear / equal understanding of rules
  • Make clear to students the consequences of their actions
  • Do your job – be organised