Policies & Guidelines
Positive Behaviour Expectations
Our Assessment Policy differs from Lower School to Senior School levels to define appropriate student, teacher and parent responsibilities required for assessing learning in Years 7-10 and Years 11-12.
Upon enrolment, parent/guardian and student permission is sought for the school to publish video or photographic images of students and/or samples of student school work to be used by the school and the Department of Education. The purpose of using the images or work will be for activities such as promoting the school, school events and student achievements.
The image and/or school work may be published in a range of formats such as hardcopy and digital, including audio and video file formats, and published to a range of media included but not limited to school newsletters, email, school and Department of Education intranet and internet sites including social media websites (e.g. Facebook, YouTube etc.), any third party applications and local newspapers in hardcopy and digital format.
The school will endeavour to limit identifying information that accompanies images of your child or your child’s work; however, there may be occasions when your child’s name, class and school may be published along with these images.
Consent can be given to the school on completion of the ‘Permission to Publish Students Images’ form during enrolment. Once signed, the consent will remain effective until such a time as you advise the school otherwise.
ICT Responsible Use
Online services are for purposes which support learning and educational research only. Students are responsible for all activity in their online services account and must agree to the following rules when using the school online equipment and services including computers, laptops, iPads and printers:
- I will check with the teacher before sharing images or giving information about myself or anyone else when using online services.
- I will keep my password private and not share it with other students.
- I will not let other people logon and/ or use my account.
- I will tell the teacher if I think someone is using my account.
- I understand that the school and the department of Education can monitor my use of online services.
- I will obtain permission from the teacher before uploading from or downloading to USB, internal student storage or cloud-based storage.
- I will obtain permission from the teacher before printing.
- If I find information that is inappropriate or makes me feel uncomfortable I will tell a teacher about it. Examples of inappropriate content include violent, racist, sexist or pornographic material, or content that is offensive, intimidating or encourages dangerous or illegal activity.
- I will not use the Department’s online services for personal gain or illegal activity (e.g. music file sharing), to bully, offend or intimidate others or access or send inappropriate materials including software that may damage computers, data or networks.
- I will not send or publish threatening, bullying or harassing content via social media or otherwise.
- I will acknowledge the creator or author of any material used in my research for school work by using appropriate referencing.
- I will get permission from the copyright owner of any material used in my school work before I use it in a portfolio for employment, in a competition or any uses other than for my private research and study.
- I will use appropriate language in all internet communications.
- I will not try to access internet sites that have been blocked by the school or the Department of Education.
- I will not damage or disable the computers, computer systems or computer networks of the school, Department of Education or any other organisation.
Students are required to agree and sign that they understand the following:
- I will be held responsible for my actions while using online services and for any breaches caused by allowing any other person to use my online services account;
- The misuse of online services may result in disciplinary action, determined by the Principal in accordance with the Department’s Behaviour Management in Schools policy; and
- I may be held liable for offences committed using online services.
The Department of Education does not permit student use of mobile phones in public schools. Girrawheen Senior High School recognises that an increasing number of parents/carers who for safety, security and/or emergency purposes wish to provide their children with mobile phones. Parents are to call the school on 9247 0555 if they need to communicate with their child during school hours.
Students are required to agree and sign that they understand the following:
· My mobile phone will be “Off and Away All Day”.
· I will have my phone turned off or on aeroplane mode from the time I arrive at school until the conclusion of the school day.
· I will keep my phone in my bag during the school day.
· I will not charge any electronic device at school.
· I understand that the use of mobile phones on excursions and camps will be at the discretion of the teacher in charge. The teacher in charge will instruct students as to when they can use their phones. Phones will predominantly be used for emergency communication and to be able to communicate with parents/carers and family members. The Mobile Phone in Schools Use Agreement and associated consequences still apply in the event of student misuse.
· I understand that lost phones are not the responsibility of the school. This includes any phones held at reception.
· If I am using a phone at school where I have not been specifically allowed to by the teacher in charge of the class, then I must hand it to the teacher when requested to, without question. The phone will be handed to the front office or Deputy Principal to be collected at the end of the day.
· If my behaviour is repeated I will be required to hand the phone daily to the front office for a specified number of school days. I will be held responsible for this. Continuous breaches will result in not being able to bring the phone to school. Parents will be notified via phone call and/or letter.
· If I argue or do not comply with handing over the phone when requested I will be subject to consequences as per the school’s Behaviour Management Policy.
Student Dress Code
The school uniform is compulsory and consists of specific different dress requirements for regular daily wear, Physical Education classes and for special programs, activities and events.
A high standard of presentation is expected from students on a daily basis and where students are representing the school. Uniforms should be worn without embellishment. Students are expected to be well groomed and have good daily personal hygiene practices.
Not adhering to the uniform expectations will result in disciplinary action, in accordance with the Behaviour Management Policy.
All tops and jumpers can be purchased from the school uniform shop.
|Year 7 – 9
|A light blue polo shirt with the school logo. Undershirts can be short or long sleeve white, navy blue or black, without a hood or any large logos.
|Year 10 – 12
|A navy blue polo shirt with the school logo. Undershirts can be short or long sleeve white, navy blue or black, without a hood or any large logos.
|Year 7 – 12
|Navy blue school jacket with school logo only.
|Year 7 – 12
|Neat fitting black tracksuit pants, trousers, dress shorts or skirts. Skirts and shorts must be of a modest length.
|Year 7 – 12
|Red shirt with school physical education logo and black shorts or tracksuit pants.
General Uniform Expectations:
- Shoes must be sturdy. They must be laced or attached with velcro. Runners are acceptable. Thin canvas shoes, open toe shoes and slides do not meet the dress standard.
- Socks must be white, black or discrete.
- Makeup should be kept to a minimum.
- Modest jewellery and watches are acceptable.
- Hijab or head scarves should be plain black or white.
- Scarves are optional but should be plain black or white.
- Hats/caps may be worn when outside, but must not be embellished with any logos or symbols that are offensive or degrading. Hats and caps must be removed when indoors.
- All tattoos must be covered by the school uniform.
- Piercing that is not visible is not a concern. Piercing of the nose, cheek, lip, eyebrow, chin or neck is not appropriate for school and may not be acceptable for students who are engaging in workplace learning.
- Wearing Physical Education uniform to normal classes or to and from school is not acceptable.
- Wearing Performing Arts Academy/Unity uniform to normal classes is not acceptable.
- Torn garments are not acceptable.
- Denim clothing is not acceptable.
- Hoodies are not acceptable.
Good Standing Policy
The Good Standing Policy provides a system that assists in ensuring that students maintain a satisfactory level of attendance, punctuality, course participation and behaviour. It also aims to help our students take responsibility for their actions and encourages behaviour to help students succeed in further education training or employment.
The Policy provides a specific framework or standard of behaviour expected in our students in order to maintain their good standing status.
What is Good Standing
All students commence their courses with Good Standing status. Maintaining Good Standing requires:
- Satisfactory attendance and punctuality – Satisfactory attendance is deemed to be regular school attendance (i.e. above 90% attendance rate). In the event of an absence, a satisfactory explanation of the absence is required. Medical Certificates are required if an absence occurs during assessment tasks, tests, exams or when an assignment is due.
- Completion of all course work and assessments – Students must complete all assessments and course work for each subject within the specified course outlines and Assessment Policy Guidelines. Students who do not submit work at the specified time are deemed “at risk” unless they have made prior arrangements, using the application for extension process with their subject teachers.
- Satisfactory behaviour – Students must adhere to the school’s Positive Behaviour Matrix (including Dress Code requirements).
Consequences for loss of Good Standing
- Ineligible to attend extra-curricular activities (eg. Unity, Performing Arts Academy, competitive sports), excursions and events, including school social events and rewards lunches.
- Ineligible to be school representative.
- Ineligible to attend the Year 12 leaving ceremony
- May have their enrolment reviewed
- Ineligible to use the Year 12 Common Room.
Loss of Good Standing
On loss of Good Standing the student is given a review point, which is generally in 2-4 weeks’ time, to rectify the issue(s) causing loss of Good Standing. Students who repeatedly lose Good Standing incur longer periods between review points to regain their Good Standing.
Stand Tall Anti-Bullying Policy
In accordance with our school ethos of Unity is Strength, Girrawheen Senior High School is committed to providing a safe and supportive community for our students and staff. We are focused on treating each other with care and respect and accepting individual differences. Girrawheen Senior High School takes an educative approach to managing and preventing bullying. The school’s processes and activities promote the development of the values and behaviours that create and maintain inclusive, safe and supportive education environments.