School Policies

ATTENDANCE POLICY

RATIONALE All students are expected to attend school unless they have significant reasons for being absent.

All students need to arrive at an appropriate time in order to prepare themselves properly for the work they have to do during the day.

RESPONSIBILITY

Parents are expected to plan to have their children arrive at the College by 8.25am.

Where an absence is known in advance, it is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to notify the College prior to the absence.  If the absence is to be for an extended period of time, over a week, then the Principal must be informed.

Student attendance is carefully monitored through a variety of measures.  When a student is recorded as absent during Homeroom and Period 1, an SMS is sent to parents/guardians by Student Services to verify that the absence is genuine.  Staff members are also required to notify the office if any unexplained variations to student attendance occur during the day. This includes notifying the office if a student is present, but is indicated as a notified absence on the class roll. Such absences are also followed up by Student Services.

It is the responsibility of the student to bring a signed note to the College upon his/her return from an undocumented absence.  Students who do not provide a note to explain the reason(s) for being absent are initially followed up by the Homeroom Teacher, who then contacts home, if no note is received.  Homeroom teachers are required to forward any absentee notes to Student Services via the Homeroom folder.  Student Services will inform the relevant Head of Year of any persistent/ongoing absences.

It is the responsibility of the College to indicate the number of days absent on every students’ report for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 reports. This information is also provided to the Department of Education Services (DES).

ABSENCES

Absences during the College Day

Parents are required to notify the College (as above), if a student does not attend school on a particular day. This is to be followed up by the provision of a note or medical certificate, as needed.

Students are not permitted to leave the College unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.  If a student is required to leave the College unaccompanied, (e.g. catch a bus or drive themselves) a call by Students Services, or the Deputy Principal, is made to the parent to verify.

Absence due to Family Holidays or Unapproved Extended Student Leave

The College strongly discourages families from taking holidays or extended leave during school time.  If the absence is absolutely necessary, parents must inform the Principal in writing, well in advance, stating the reasons and dates of the anticipated absence.

Students who are absent from school due to family holidays should not expect any accommodations from the teaching staff, and may thus not be able to meet the subject completion requirements. In the case of Year 12s, this could place at risk their ability to graduate from the College. Students are strongly advised to access CONEQT while they are absent.

Absence from an Assessment Task / Test

Students who miss a test or who are absent on the day an assessment task is due, must inform the College (as required for all absences) on the morning of the test. They must also provide a   written note from a parent, or a Medical Certificate, to the Homeroom Teacher and the Subject Teacher, on the day they return to the College, stating a valid reason for the absence.  The Subject Teacher, in conjunction with the Head of Learning Area, is to apply the College assessment policy.

Absence from Examinations

To ensure fairness to all, students are expected to attend examinations as scheduled.  If a student is sick, a Medical Certificate will be required, and the assessment policy will be applied by the relevant Head of Learning Area. This is in accordance with WACE guidelines and procedures.

Students who miss an examination through a documented, valid reason, will be given their averaged mark. They may use the examination for practice, at a later date, as arranged with the Subject Teacher and /or Head of Learning Area.

Examination weeks are publicised in the College Calendar, on SEQTA and in the College Newsletter.  Participation in family holidays during these times is not an acceptable reason for missing an examination.

LATE ARRIVAL

Students should arrive at Homeroom by 8.25am.  Students who arrive after 8.30am should report to Students Services and are recorded as being ‘Late to School’.

All students are required to bring a note to explain any absences or late arrivals.

Students who arrive late on a regular basis, without a note or satisfactory explanation, will:

  • On the first occasion receive a verbal warning from their Homeroom Teacher
  • On the second occasion be issued with a litter duty by their Homeroom Teacher
  • On the third occasion be issued with a lunchtime detention by the Homeroom Teacher
  • On the fourth occasion be referred to their Head of Year for a rostered detention

Homeroom Teachers are responsible for ensuring that measures two (2) and three (3) are supervised, either by a duty teacher or personally. The Deputy Principal will supervise the after school detention (4).

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

Strategies implemented at Bunbury Catholic College not only endeavour to prevent attendance issues or problems, but also provide support for students who have difficulty with regular attendance.

  1. The College has implemented whole-school classroom management strategies to promote learning programs which enable effective teaching and learning. This takes into account the skills and abilities of each student.
  2. Teachers and staff in general endeavour to be welcoming to students and are genuinely interested in their well-being.
  3. Parents are made aware of their obligations relating to student attendance, in a timely manner.
  4. The College has a Bullying Policy which assists students in identifying incidents of bullying and responding appropriately.

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

  1. In order to identify attendance concerns, effective monitoring systems and processes are implemented.  The recording of period by period attendance allows teachers instant data as to student absences. Homeroom Teachers notify Heads of Year, should a student’s attendance drop. Attendance data is also accessed weekly by Heads of Year to determine patterns
  2. The Pastoral Care Team monitors attendance issues and develops strategies and intervention plans, as needed.
  3. When attendance issues begin to surface, contact is made with the family by the Homeroom Teacher, then the Head of Year or College Counsellor, as needed.
  4. Interviews with the family to discuss student attendance focus on finding positive solutions, emphasising the family’s capacity to impact upon a change in attendance patterns.
  5. The College may establish a key contact at school, such as the Head of Year or College Counsellor, for family members to work with.
  6. The College may provide a Staff Mentor, when appropriate, to assist with the improvement of attendance.
  7. The College Counsellor may make home visits when students are absent for extended periods.
  8. Parents and students are advised that the College may need to report prolonged or regular absence to Department of Education Services (DES).
  9. The College works with Hospital services for those students who have extended absences due to illness.  Students are able to access programs/work through CONEQT.  In some cases a transition back to school program is implemented.
  10. It is recognised that attendance improves when the student is motivated to come to school because he/she has a recognised outcome or goal.
  11. The College identifies students that are wanting to pursue an apprenticeship or want to leave school for work.  With these students, the College offers career assistance/ guidance.  The VET Coordinator provides opportunities to pursue work experience, which often leads to continued employment and/or an apprenticeship.
  12. The College recognises that the partnership between parents, students and staff is paramount to the effective implementation of any strategies which aim to improve student engagement and attendance.

Approved:   Deputy Principal, Deborah Garbutt
Created:June 2015
Next Review: July 2017
Category: Students

 

RATIONALE

All students are expected to attend school unless they have significant reasons for being absent.

All students need to arrive at an appropriate time in order to prepare themselves properly for the work they have to do during the day.

The College’s duty of care for students is paramount with regards to attendance.

RESPONSIBILITY

Parents are expected to plan to have their children arrive at the College by 8.25am.

Where an absence is known in advance, it is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to notify the College prior to the absence.  If the absence is to be for an extended period of time, over a week, then the Principal must be informed.

Student attendance is carefully monitored through a variety of measures.  When a student is recorded as absent during Homeroom and Period 1, an SMS is sent to parents/guardians by Student Services to verify that the absence is genuine.  Staff members are also required to notify the office if any unexplained variations to student attendance occur during the day. This includes notifying the office if a student is present, but is indicated as a notified absence on the class roll. Such absences are also followed up by Student Services.

It is the responsibility of the student to bring a signed note to the College upon his/her return from an undocumented absence.  Students who do not provide a note to explain the reason(s) for being absent are initially followed up by the Homeroom Teacher, who then contacts home, if no note is received.  Homeroom teachers are required to forward any absentee notes to Student Services via the Homeroom folder.  Student Services will inform the relevant Head of Year of any persistent/ongoing absences.

It is the responsibility of the College to indicate the number of days absent on every students’ report for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 reports. This information is also provided to the Department of Education Services (DES).

ABSENCES

Absences during the College Day

Parents are required to notify the College (as above), if a student does not attend school on a particular day. This is to be followed up by the provision of a note or medical certificate, as needed.

Students are not permitted to leave the College unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.  If a student is required to leave the College unaccompanied, (e.g. catch a bus or drive themselves) a call by Students Services, or the Deputy Principal, is made to the parent to verify.

Absence due to Family Holidays or Unapproved Extended Student Leave

The College strongly discourages families from taking holidays or extended leave during school time.  If the absence is absolutely necessary, parents must inform the Principal in writing, well in advance, stating the reasons and dates of the anticipated absence.

Students who are absent from school due to family holidays should not expect any accommodations from the teaching staff, and may thus not be able to meet the subject completion requirements. In the case of Year 12s, this could place at risk their ability to graduate from the College. Students are strongly advised to access CONEQT while they are absent.

Absence from an Assessment Task / Test

Students who miss a test or who are absent on the day an assessment task is due, must inform the College (as required for all absences) on the morning of the test. They must also provide a   written note from a parent, or a Medical Certificate, to the Homeroom Teacher and the Subject Teacher, on the day they return to the College, stating a valid reason for the absence.  The Subject Teacher, in conjunction with the Head of Learning Area, is to apply the College assessment policy.

Absence from Examinations

To ensure fairness to all, students are expected to attend examinations as scheduled.  If a student is sick, a Medical Certificate will be required, and the assessment policy will be applied by the relevant Head of Learning Area. This is in accordance with WACE guidelines and procedures.

Students who miss an examination through a documented, valid reason, will be given their averaged mark. They may use the examination for practice, at a later date, as arranged with the Subject Teacher and /or Head of Learning Area.

Examination weeks are publicised in the College Calendar, on SEQTA and in the College Newsletter.  Participation in family holidays during these times is not an acceptable reason for missing an examination.

LATE ARRIVAL

Students should arrive at Homeroom by 8.25am.  Students who arrive after 8.30am should report to Students Services and are recorded as being ‘Late to School’.

All students are required to bring a note to explain any absences or late arrivals.

Students who arrive late on a regular basis, without a note or satisfactory explanation, will:

  • On the first occasion receive a verbal warning from their Homeroom Teacher
  • On the second occasion be issued with a litter duty by their Homeroom Teacher
  • On the third occasion be issued with a lunchtime detention by the Homeroom Teacher
  • On the fourth occasion be referred to their Head of Year for a rostered detention

Homeroom Teachers are responsible for ensuring that measures two (2) and three (3) are supervised, either by a duty teacher or personally. The Deputy Principal will supervise the after school detention (4).

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

Strategies implemented at Bunbury Catholic College not only endeavour to prevent attendance issues or problems, but also provide support for students who have difficulty with regular attendance.

  1. The College has implemented whole-school classroom management strategies to promote learning programs which enable effective teaching and learning. This takes into account the skills and abilities of each student.
  2. Teachers and staff in general endeavour to be welcoming to students and are genuinely interested in their well-being.
  3. Parents are made aware of their obligations relating to student attendance, in a timely manner.
  4. The College has a Bullying Policy which assists students in identifying incidents of bullying and responding appropriately.

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE

  1. In order to identify attendance concerns, effective monitoring systems and processes are implemented.  The recording of period by period attendance allows teachers instant data as to student absences. Homeroom Teachers notify Heads of Year, should a student’s attendance drop. Attendance data is also accessed weekly by Heads of Year to determine patterns
  2. The Pastoral Care Team monitors attendance issues and develops strategies and intervention plans, as needed.
  3. When attendance issues begin to surface, contact is made with the family by the Homeroom Teacher, then the Head of Year or College Counsellor, as needed.
  4. Interviews with the family to discuss student attendance focus on finding positive solutions, emphasising the family’s capacity to impact upon a change in attendance patterns.
  5. The College may establish a key contact at school, such as the Head of Year or College Counsellor, for family members to work with.
  6. The College may provide a Staff Mentor, when appropriate, to assist with the improvement of attendance.
  7. The College Counsellor may make home visits when students are absent for extended periods.
  8. Parents and students are advised that the College may need to report prolonged or regular absence to Department of Education Services (DES).
  9. The College works with Hospital services for those students who have extended absences due to illness.  Students are able to access programs/work through CONEQT.  In some cases a transition back to school program is implemented.
  10. It is recognised that attendance improves when the student is motivated to come to school because he/she has a recognised outcome or goal.
  11. The College identifies students that are wanting to pursue an apprenticeship or want to leave school for work.  With these students, the College offers career assistance/ guidance.  The VET Coordinator provides opportunities to pursue work experience, which often leads to continued employment and/or an apprenticeship.
  12. The College recognises that the partnership between parents, students and staff is paramount to the effective implementation of any strategies which aim to improve student engagement and attendance.

Approved:   Deputy Principal, Deborah Garbutt
Created:June 2015
Next Review: July 2017
Category: Students

 

UNIFORM & GROOMING POLICY

RATIONALE

All students who attend the College are expected to conform to the uniform and grooming policy, as established by the College. This is indicative of a student who takes pride in being a part of the Bunbury Catholic College community and reflects a sense of belonging and ownership in our students.

GENERAL

The College uniform must be purchased, in its entirety, from the Uniform Shop, which stocks all current items of the uniform.

Students are expected to maintain a well-groomed, neat and tidy appearance.

Female students must wear their skirts close to knee length, not rolled up or mid-thigh, to maintain personal modesty.

No undershirt or coloured clothing that is visible through the shirt, is to be worn with the uniform. A plain, white undershirt (with short sleeves or one that is sleeveless), is the only acceptable item to be worn under the College shirt. 

Certain representative duties require the use of a blazer. All students may choose to buy a blazer.

All incoming students are expected to purchase the College jumper.

SUMMER UNIFORM

College shorts for male students, College skirt for female students.

College white shirt.

College socks.

College jumper in cooler weather.

WINTER UNIFORM

College grey trousers for male students, College skirt or College grey trousers for female students.

The tracksuit bottom is NOT a substitute for grey trousers or a skirt.

Ties must be worn by both male and female students.

College jumper. College socks.

WINTER UNIFORM

The College jumper is an integral part of the College uniform and is the primary item of clothing to be worn in cold weather.

A tracksuit top may be worn over the College jumper in very cold weather, during Term 2 and Term 3 only.

Jumpers are to cover the shirts completely. There is the same expectation when wearing the tracksuit top.

Female students are to wear skin-coloured stockings or tights or the correct College socks. The Uniform Shop stocks the regulation socks and tights.

Should female students choose to wear the female College trousers, purchased from the uniform shop, the trousers cannot be cut, excessively shortened or tapered towards the ankle. They can only be tailored to appear as dress or smart trousers, with a regular pant leg that touches the shoes’ laces. The wearing of grey socks with the trousers is preferred.

SHOES

Black, lace-up leather school shoes, that offer firm foot/ankle support.  Any form of soft shoe, such as, Vans, trainers or ballet style pumps, is not permitted.

SPORTS UNIFORM

All students must arrive at the College in full College uniform. No student is to attend Homeroom in a sports uniform without an explanatory note or a notified excursion permission notification. Students attending classes during the day are subject to the same provisions. A student’s failure to wear the correct uniform must be noted for follow up by the relevant Head of Year. If Physical Education is the last period of the day, students have permission to leave the College in the correct sports uniform. If there is an assembly at the end of the day, students must change into full College uniform.

Students on the Mercy campus are permitted to wear their sports uniforms to and from the College on the days that they have Physical Education. This will be reviewed annually.

HATS

The wearing of a College hat, by our junior students, when outside, is compulsory during Terms 1 and 4.  The recommended style is one that provides good shade to the face, neck and ears, when outdoors. The older students (Years 10-12) are strongly encouraged to wear a suitable hat when outdoors, since sun protection is paramount when making healthy living choices. The College cap and/ or visor may be worn, but they do not offer the same level of protection as does a broad brimmed hat.

HAIR AND MAKE UP

Styles    (Prior to having a haircut that may fall outside College guidelines, please consult the relevant Head of Year)

The hairstyle of a student must be neat and presentable, as for any place of business.

No extreme hairstyles are permitted while wearing the College uniform. Fringes need to be pinned back, out of the eyes, not tied in a top knot. All hair needs to be tied back once it reaches collar length. This is an expectation for both male and female students.

HAIR AND MAKE UP

Colour    (Prior to having a colour treatment that may fall outside College guidelines, please consult the relevant Head of Year)

The appearance of the hair should reflect a natural colour.  The addition of any hair colour should not be such that it changes the appearance of the student dramatically.

Streaking, tips or any extremes of fashion are not acceptable.

Make-Up

The use of some light foundation, with sun protection, is permitted. The use of mascara and eyeliner is not permitted.

Nail Polish

Clear nail polish is permitted as part of the College grooming policy. No coloured nail polish is allowed, except in authorised circumstances. Please be aware, for Health and Safety reasons, nail polish is not permitted to be worn in some Learning Areas e.g. Foods classes.

SHAVING

Students are expected to be clean shaven when at the College.

JEWELLERY

A wrist watch is permitted.

No bangles/bracelets, either on wrists or ankles.

No rings are allowed.

Earrings: a maximum of 2 earrings per ear. They must be discrete and be of the small stud or sleeper variety.  No spacers or spikes are to be worn while at the College.

No necklaces, other than a small Christian or other religious symbol, on a discrete neck chain.

No Smart Devices (Fitbits or similar) to be worn during assessments/examinations.

TATTOOS & PIERCINGS

Facial and body piercings are not to be visible at any time while at the College; nor is the use of clear spacers or other methods, to cover up the piercing.

Visible tattoos are not acceptable,

Approved:       Principal, D. O’Meara
Created:         June 2015
Reviewed :      November 2016
Next Review:   July 2017
Category:       Students

Responsible Behaviour Policy

The Bunbury Catholic College policy that promotes Responsible Behaviour is based around the concept of restorative justice; it is a policy that seeks to restore the relationship between people, when there has been some damage caused through inappropriate or offending behaviour on the part of one or more parties. The policy aims to create an environment of positive cooperation, based on mutual respect, where all are encouraged to make responsible choices, recognise the rights of others, and be accountable for the choices they make with regards to their behaviour.

Guided by the College Motto “Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God”, we seek to create a community where all members are able to be effective and reflective citizens.

PRINCIPLES

  • The creation of a community that values people and property
  • The development of self-discipline, honesty and integrity
  • The encouragement of responsible choices
  • The establishment of a safe and productive learning environment
  • The enhancement of learning through a strong work ethic
  • The development and support of a consistent and fair approach to behaviour
  • An informed community

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Homeroom Teacher

The Homeroom Teacher is the first point of contact at the College. The Homeroom Teacher ensures the well- being of the students in the Homeroom through aspects such as organising rosters, checking student planners, monitoring absences, actively supporting Year group initiatives and taking a pastoral interest in the welfare of each Homeroom member. All student concerns within the Homeroom should be referred to the Head of Year.

Classroom Teacher

The Classroom Teacher is an integral part of the Student Management Policy at the College. It is the Classroom Teacher’s duty to ensure that a safe and productive work environment prevails in each lesson. The Classroom Teacher must also take, and maintain, an up to date record of student attendance for each lesson.

Should there be some student concerns, the Classroom Teacher must initially implement his or her own classroom management strategies. Strategies include behaviour modification ideas, resubmission of work or parent contact. The Head of Learning Area must be informed if academic issues persist. The Head of year must be informed if behavioural issues persist.

Heads of Learning Areas and Heads of Year

The Head of Learning Area and the Head of Year must be informed if there are serious, ongoing academic and or behavioural issues. The Head of Learning Area will implement the College Academic policy, as needed. This includes contact with the student’s parents. The Head of Year may institute other measures such as an after school detention, additional contact with parents, the implementation of a behaviour modification plan. This plan is drawn up in consultation with teachers, parents and the student.

A referral to the College Counselling Team may also be appropriate. This must be initiated by the Head of Year.

Deputy Principal

The Deputy Principal works in consultation with the Heads of Year and the Heads of Learning Areas. The Deputy Principal will contact parents, as needed. He or she can issue external or internal suspensions and refer students to the Promotions Panel, for discussion. The Deputy Principal may deal with particularly grave instances from the outset, keeping Heads of Year and parents informed.

Principal

The Principal will intervene in disciplinary issues, if the situation has not been resolved at other levels. The Principal will conduct a formal interview, should a student be seeking readmission/re-entry to the College. Matters requiring the involvement of outside agencies will be determined at the discretion of the Principal

GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR

Non-compliance with the principles of the Responsible Behaviour policy can lead to the following consequences:

• Recess or Lunch time duty
• Reflective session on behaviour
• After school detention
• Exclusion from College incursions/excursions
• Internal or external suspension from the College
• Appearance before the Review Panel
• Interview with the Principal
• Exclusion from the College

Promotion and Graduation Policy

RATIONALE

Bunbury Catholic College exists to further the mission of the Church in providing a Catholic education in the Marist and Mercy tradition to all students insofar as this is possible.

Through quality teaching and learning in an environment enlivened by Christ’s spirit of love, justice and freedom, Bunbury Catholic College strives to empower students to achieve their potential, as our gift to God.


PRINCIPLES

1. Bunbury Catholic College recognizes the uniqueness of each student.
2. Each student is provided with opportunities to develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
3. As a member of the College community each student has a responsibility to cooperate with teachers and fellow students to assist in establishing a positive learning environment.
4. Each student will be held accountable for his/her work ethic and behaviour.


PROCEDURES

The Promotions/Graduation Policy of the College makes each student accountable for meeting our faith, academic, citizenship and extra-curricular dimensions of promotion/graduation.

More specifically, the following is expected of each student:

o Faith – a mature and positive involvement in Religious Education classes, involvement and attendance at liturgies prepared by class and whole school liturgies, Year Group Retreat programs, especially the Year 12 Retreat.
o Academic – completion of all academic programs/subjects for the designated academic year, completion of all set work per subject area, a conscientious application to study at school and at home, while striving to achieve excellence in personal academic endeavours.
o Citizenship – to show respect to staff and other students; to demonstrate care and consideration for others; good behaviour and language at school and in public; high standards in personal grooming/ presentation; and a high standard in punctuality.
o Attendance – must maintain an attendance record of 90% or above, unless supported by medical documentation.
o Extra/Co- curricular – attendance and involvement in school and community activities and community service. This includes attendance at College camps and other formal excursions/incursions.


For students in years 8 – 11, failure to fulfil the above requirements will result in promotion to the following year level being reviewed. At the end of each year students who have not met College expectations will attend a promotions panel to discuss their future at the College.

Unless the student is able to present a reasonable case for promotion, he/she will not be promoted. Otherwise conditional promotion may occur. This will only apply in one instance. Should promotion be granted, subsequent efforts must be sustained.

For students in Year 12, failure to meet College/graduation expectations, will mean that the student will not receive a Bunbury Catholic College graduation certificate or reference and he/she will be excluded from all celebrations of the end of Year Twelve.

Staff involvement: throughout the year Homeroom and Subject teachers, Head of Year and Heads of Learning Areas will work with students to ensure they are able to comply with this policy; parents will be informed when their child is not meeting expectations and may be involved in strategies to assist their child in positively changing their application and behaviour.

For all students of concern, staff members must ensure that a record of strategies employed and contact with parents is maintained.