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Being good pays off for students

Toowoomba State High School first to introduce behaviour rewards system.
Toowoomba State High School first to introduce behaviour rewards system. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA State High will be the first school in Australia to introduce a behaviour rewards system which pays students to be good.

Vivo Miles is an online system where teachers are allocated points which can be given to students for a wide variety of positive behaviours, performance and improvements.

The program is expected to be introduced at the Mt Lofty and Wilsonton campuses at the beginning of next term.

A worried parent, who did not wish to be named, contacted The Chronicle detailing their concerns about paying students for what has always been expected of them.

"We feel this is a dangerous track to go down paying for behaviour," the parent said.

"How much would you pay for manners and good behaviour?

"If I'm not rewarded every day, every class, for everything, why bother to behave correctly all of the time?

However, Education Queensland Darling Downs and south-west Queensland regional director Greg Dickman said the program had achieved positive results when implemented in schools in the United Kingdom.

"Students can accumulate their Vivo points and use an online secure environment to exchange points for items such as pens or vouchers," Mr Dickman said.

"The system does not provide students with cash and the shop is a secure environment, not a commercial provider."

Mr Dickman said the school's principal Chris Zilm wanted to create a more positive school culture and researched ways to recognise and reward students for their good performance and improvement in showing respect, being responsible and having commitment.

He said parental permission was required for students to be involved in the program and participation was not compulsory.

Mr Zilm was unavailable for comment however a statement has been attributed to him on the Vivo Miles website.

"The staff have all been looking forward to kicking off with the system," the statement read.

"One of the great things about the rewards system is that you can customise the shop to include discount tokens for things like the Year 12 formal.

"I think it is excellent and will make a significant difference in our school."

The program is being funded through the Federal Government's National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions.

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