School Policies

Find our policies ranging from assessment, to late slips and social networking, below

School Policies 2018-08-09T02:07:13+00:00

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment is on-going and regular, with Parent/Teacher interviews planned at various stages of the year. Formal written reports will be issued at the end of each Semester and will provide a summary of the progress of the student. Informal reporting will occur throughout the year through comments and suggestions on assignments, projects or homework. Parents are encouraged to communicate with class teachers if there are concerns or problems.

Homework and Assignments

All students will be expected to review all material covered during the school day and to complete tasks which may be assigned by the teacher. Set homework assignments will not be excessive for written and learning activities and will generally be as follows:

Prep: Sight words and home reading
Years 1-4: Up to an hour per week
Years 5-6: Up to 2 hours per week

All Primary children are expected to learn memory verses, review tables and spelling and read aloud to parents. Homework should not be an imposition, and if you have concerns, please contact your teacher.

Detentions and Suspensions

  • The College will encourage students to respect the behaviour code.
  • Students who disrupt classes, breach school rules and/or display disrespectful behaviour will be dealt with according to the behaviour management policy.
  • Students will be transitioned through progressive levels of consequences if wrong behaviours continue, which may include time out, in-school detention, suspension, or in the case of incidents involving serious breaches of behaviour may require immediate removal of students by parents or guardians.
  • Any process involving suspension or exclusion will involve interaction with parents.
  • The Principal is the final arbiter on matters of behaviour management.

Communication

It is our desire that regular communication between the College and home is considered to be of great importance. To accomplish this the College encourages communication through:

  • fortnightly newsletters
  • Notices and flyers on upcoming events
  • College events to promote communication
  • Timely information provided on change of address and/or personal details of parents
  • Student absences explained by a note and/or phone call from the parent or guardian

Please ensure prior appointments are made to see class teachers or the Principal. The use of email for communication is encouraged.

Grievance Policy

Carmichael College welcomes suggestions and comments from parents and takes seriously complaints and concerns that may be raised. The College will endeavour to ensure that concerns are dealt with speedily and those who have raised them are kept informed about progress. If a parent has a grievance concerning a student matter or the child’s teacher, in the first instance, please discuss the issue with the teacher. If the problem is not resolved then please contact the Principal.

Absence from School

Parents or guardians must telephone the school and leave a message (see number below) on the day the student is absent, giving a reason. Otherwise a note should be provided when the student returns to school. Primary students’ absences must be reported by  telephoning (07) 5431 1200

Late Slips and Early Departures

Primary students will report to the Administration building. The student will be given a late slip and must hand it to their class teacher. If a student is being collected early, parents must sign their child out at the Administration building prior to collecting the student from their classroom.

Student Health and Medications

Sick Students

If students are sick it is advisable to keep them at home. Parents will be contacted by the school to collect students who exhibit signs of illness during the day.

First Aid

First Aid may be provided at school. In the cases of serious injury or illness parents will be requested to take students to a doctor or to hospital by ambulance if necessary.  Where there is an emergency, the school will arrange for an ambulance to attend the scene, and if necessary the ambulance will take the student to hospital.

Infectious Diseases

Please be considerate of your child’s friends and teachers. These illnesses spread quickly and easily through whole classes and families. Parents should ensure their children are appropriately vaccinated. This table should be read in conjunction with the ‘time out’ poster published by Qld Health.

Illness and Exclusion Periods

Measles: Exclude for four days after the onset of the rash
German Measles (Rubella): Exclude until fully recovered or for at least four days after the onset of rash
Chicken Pox: Exclude until all blisters have dried. This is usually at least five days after the rash first appeared in nonimmunised children, and less in immunised children.
Mumps: At least 9 days after onset of swelling
Diarrhoea: Exclude at least 24 hours without symptoms
Vomiting: Exclude at least 24 hours without symptoms
Glandular Fever: Exclusion not necessary
School Sores (Impetigo): Exclude case until has received appropriate antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Sores are not contagious if covered, or after the child has taken antibiotics for 24 hours. Weeping or crusted sores on exposed areas should always be covered with a watertight dressing until at least 24 hours post antibiotics commenced and for as long as practical.
Whooping Cough (pertussis): Exclude until five days after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment, or for 21 days from onset of coughing.

School Visitors

For security and Workplace Health and Safety reasons, all visitors to the school must first report to the Administration building.  After permission is obtained a register detailing the name and reason for the visit must be signed.  A visitor badge will be issued and returned to the Office before leaving the school.

Student Friendships

Students are encouraged to make friends and be friendly to others.  However, we have a “hands-off”, policy which precludes overly outward displays of affection between students while in attendance at school or travelling to and from school.

Bullying Prevention

By definition bullying is repeated oppression, psychological or physical, of a less powerful person or group by a more powerful person or group of persons. It may be manifested in many ways e.g. harassment (verbal, sexual or psychological), victimisation, alienation, coercion, intimidation, exclusion, ostracism, discrimination. Bullying results in hurt, fear, loss of self-esteem and decreased social effectiveness for the victim.

In any form, bullying is not acceptable behaviour within Carmichael College because it is entirely contrary to the ideals of the school. Carmichael College seeks to eradicate bullying by developing in the classroom and publicly in assemblies:

  • Student respect and concern for others, of all races and creeds;
  • Student responsibility for their own behaviour;
  • Critical and effective thining and problem solving skills in students;
  • Life skills related to healthy life styles; and
  • An environment that nurtures and promotes student self-esteem and self confidence.

Implementation
The following steps are a guide to dealing with reports of bullying.

  1. The staff member who has been approached will act immediately to ensure student safety. It is never acceptable to turn a blind eye to bullying.
  2. A clear account of the incident should be recorded and given to the Principal.

Students who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff of their choice;
  • reassuring the student;
  • offering continuous support; and
  • providing encouragement to form and maintain friendships with non-bullying students.

Students who have bullied will be helped by:

  • discussing what happened;
  • discovering why the student became involved;
  • establishing the wrong doing and the need to change; and
  • enlisting the support of parents/caregivers to help change the behaviour and attitude of the student, where appropriate.

Lost and Found

When property goes astray, or something is found that belongs to someone else, please check the lost property box outside Prep green classroom.

Audio / Visual Devices

Portable CD Players, Ipods, Mobile Phones, Cameras, Music or PDA devices
These items are not permitted and will be confiscated and returned at a later date.

Unacceptable Use

It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use mobile phones to menace, harass or offend another person.  Students who use phones to engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person using SMS messages, taking or sending photos or objectionable images or bullying other students, or who use vulgar, derogatory or obscene language while using a mobile phone will have their phones confiscated by the classroom teacher or Principal. Students should note that, in extreme cases, the school may consider it appropriate to involve the police.

Students found in possession of a mobile phone during school hours will face disciplinary action and confiscation of the phone.

Social Networking Policy

It is a condition of enrolment or continued enrolment at Carmichael College that students adhere to the following boundaries in regard to computer use of social networking sites and electronic media:- Students must demonstrate respect to others and their school.

Students must not make any comment on social networking sites (whether the profile or user-generated content is identifiably theirs or belonging to someone else) or any other digital media including email that targets any Carmichael College student or staff person with perceived negative intent, or undermines the name and/or good work of the school.

Current social networking sites and digital media forms would include, but not be limited to:-
Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, email, Bebo, MSN, text messaging, all mobile content – all texting and mobile transmission of photos, as well as mobile platforms of social networking sites.

Money and Valuables

Students must not bring large sums of money or other items of value to school. If, however, it is necessary, any money or valuable item(s) should be left in safekeeping with their teacher or at the Administration building. They can be collected at the end of the school day. The school accepts no responsibility for loss of money and/or valuables or damage to same.

Health and Safety

It is the objective of Carmichael College to provide a safe, healthy working environment for all persons involved in its operations. To this end the Directors of the College will:

  • acquire and keep an up-to-date knowledge of health and safety matters
  • gain an understanding of hazards and risks associated with the College operations
  • ensure compliance with the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act, Regulation and relevant Codes of Practice
  • ensure all staff recognize their responsibilities for health and safety at the workplace
  • ensure processes for complying with duties are implemented, such as reporting, consultation arrangements, training and instruction, the rehabilitation of injured employees
  • ensure consultation with workers on ways to reduce workplace hazards and improve control systems
  • ensure consultation with other duty holders such as contractors on health & safety issues
  • ensure maintenance of effective incident analysis, hazard reporting systems and risk management
  • ensure appropriate resources are available to eliminate or minimise risks from work tasks
  • ensure the continual review and adequacy of the health and safety program

All other persons (‘workers’) are required to:

  • take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
  • take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
  • comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction given to comply with the Act; and
  • co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been notified to workers.

School Crossing Safety

A staff member works the crossing after school from 3:00pm to 3:20pm. All students and parents crossing are asked to use the crossing at these times.

Motorists parking or setting down or picking up passengers PLEASE be mindful of children crossing.

Sun Safety Policy

All students are required to wear suitable sun protective hats (as per section on School Uniforms) and sunscreen for all outdoor activities for all seasons, including winter.  Sunscreen is provided by the College and kept in classrooms, sports kits and buses.

Where possible, events are organised outside peak UV radiation periods.  Swimming carnivals are held either in the evening or in covered venues.  Sun protection issues are included in the health curricula.

Supervision

Supervision of students at school includes before school, recess and lunch breaks, and after school. However, parents are reminded that staff members are not rostered for duty until 8:00am each morning.  Parents are discouraged from sending their children to school before this time. Staff members are also rostered to undertake supervision until 3:30pm each day.  Parents are requested to ensure that their children have been collected or have left the school grounds by this time.  Parents wishing their children to be at school outside the hours of teacher supervision provided may avail themselves of the fee-for-service arrangement of after- or before-school care provided by OSHC staff (Outside School Hours Care).

Child Protection at Carmichael College

Carmichael College recognises that protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising their personal and academic potential. For this reason the welfare and best interests of the children within our College will always be a primary consideration.
We expect our students to show respect to our staff and volunteers and to comply with safe practices and we expect all employees to ensure that their behaviour towards and relationships with students reflect proper standards of care for students, and are not unlawful. The College will respond diligently to a report of suspected or actual harm, or risk of harm to a student.

What does the college mean by harm?
Harm is defined in section 9 of the Child Protection Act 1999 (“the Act”) as:

  • Harm, to a child, is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing.
  • It is immaterial how the harm is caused.
  • Harm can be caused by—
    a) A single act, omission or circumstance; or
    b) A series or combination of acts, omissions or circumstances.

Harm means damage or injury caused by abuse to a child’s body, to a child’s emotional state or to a child’s psychological state. Abuse may be physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or neglect. Harm is the effect or impact on the child of the abuse. Abuse can be defined as an action such as: hitting; punching; fondling; and exposure to domestic violence or scapegoating; or it can be inaction such as failure to provide medical care; or failure to provide appropriate stimulation.

How does the college protect students from harm?
The College has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy, which covers the actions to be taken if a member of staff or a parent of the College becomes aware or reasonably suspects that harm has been done to a student of the College by a member of staff, people outside the College or by other students. What should you do if you become aware or reasonably suspect that harm has been caused to a student of the College by a member of staff, someone outside of the College or by other students?You should report your concerns to the Principal or Deputy Principal or to any other College staff member.

What will happen next?
If you report your concerns to a member of staff other than the Principal, the member of staff will report it to the Principal immediately, or if the subject of the complaint is the Principal then the member of staff will report to the Chairman of the College Board.

What will the Principal or the Chairman of the Board do?
If the Principal or Chairman of the Board receives a report of harm or suspected harm to a student of the College and he/she becomes aware of the harm having been caused or reasonably suspects the harm to have been caused then it will be reported to police immediately if the harm relates to sexual abuse; or to the Department of Child Safety if appropriate; or it may be dealt with internally if the matter does not require mandatory reporting to an outside body.

What happens about confidentiality?
Your report will be treated in a confidential manner and with respect. Knowledge of it will be limited to the Principal and those directly involved. The Chairman of the College Board may also need to be informed. It is the College’s policy that confidentiality between the College and parents will be respected as much as possible and any concerns raised by parents will not rebound adversely on their children.

Each person who has access to information regarding suspected or disclosed harm has an obligation to observe appropriate confidentiality. However, the College is unable to promise absolute confidentiality since the steps of the Policy will require disclosing, internally and externally, certain details involved in responding to the report. State authorities can compel people to give evidence about actions under the Policy and to produce documents. You would be fully informed if information you provided were to be passed on to a third party.

Any action, which needed to be taken under staff disciplinary procedures as a result of an allegation not requiring police intervention, would be handled confidentially within the College.

How will the College help my child?
The Principal will ensure that the following things are done to reduce the chance of harm occurring:

  • Ensure that each staff member understands and fulfils their obligations under this Policy and the Policy for reporting abuse.
  • Ensure that there is an acceptable reference for each staff member engaged since the commencement of this protocol, from his or her previous employer.
  • Ensure that each staff member and volunteer (who is not a parent) who has contact with children has a current positive suitability notice (‘Blue Card’) issued by the Public Safety Business Agency.

If the Principal receives a report of harm to your child, he/she will support the child by:

  • responding rapidly and diligently to the report;
  • reassuring the student;
  • protecting the child’s confidentiality as much as possible;
  • offering continuous support; and
  • providing counselling if requested.

What should I do if I require more information?
The College’s complete Child Protection Policy is available at the school administration. Parents and students may have access to this policy at any time. You may also make an appointment to discuss the policy with the Principal if you wish to clarify any matters.

Excursions

Carmichael College is committed to the provision of educationally valid excursions as part of the school curriculum. Excursions will be prepared, managed, supervised and monitored in a way that seeks to ensure the health, safety and security of the participating students and staff, as well as others who may be affected by the conduct of an excursion.