In confirming their acceptance of a place for their student at the College, parents/guardians/students:
In confirming their acceptance of a place for their student at the College, parents/guardians/students:
The College follows the DETE school calendar as this ensures maximum class time throughout the year:
Muirden Senior College is a co-educational, multi-cultural school committed to fostering academic and personal growth.
This is promoted by:
We value the characteristics of:
We value an environment which:
Our vision is to develop independent life learning skills and the courage and self-belief to succeed in an ever-changing and fast-paced world. Our school culture continues to empower and equip students to aspire to a positive and bright future for themselves, their families and for the wider community.
Rights and Expectations
Harassment, bullying and violence is deliberate, persistent physical or mental intimidation of a person by another person or group with the intent of causing hurt or discomfort.
Forms of Harassment, Bullying and Violence
e.g. hitting, punching, pushing or any kind of sexual interference; threatening to harm people or their property; hiding, damaging or destroying the property of others.
e.g. name-calling, putting others down, “paying out”, using offensive names, ridiculing someone’s name; making derogatory comments about a person’s culture, background, customs, gender, sexuality or beliefs; spreading rumours about people or their families and friends; mocking or denigrating another person’s abilities and talents (including via e-mail and sms).
e.g. looks, shrugs or other gestures which are associated with threats or which are offensive.
Sexual harassment in this context, refers to ” deliberate sexual comments and gestures, or any other conduct of a sexual nature which is perceived to be embarrassing, demeaning or compromising”
This is harassment and bullying which uses e-technology to harass or victimise others. It can take the form of text messaging, using social networking sites (such as Facebook, Internet chat-rooms, email and web-sites with the intention of harming another person.
How can harassment, bullying and violence be prevented?
Muirden Senior College policies are proactive and orientated towards prevention and intervention. Managing incidents of abuse/victimisation includes:
If you are being harassed, bullied or victimised
Harassment, Bullying and Violence Procedure
Muirden Senior College will actively intervene following all incidents of harassment, bullying and violence. The following steps may be taken:
Muirden Senior College uses and applies the SACE Board of South Australia policies on assessment, and to promote valid, reliable assessment of syllabus objectives.
There Are Two Types Of Assessment
Summative assessment is used to provide information to the SACE board.
Formative assessment gives feedback on a student’s progress in a subject. It is built into the learning process and does not constitute marks submitted for SACE or to the SACE board.
Subject Assessment Plans
Each subject has an assessment plan, outlining the nature, date and weighting of each summative assessment item. Students should ensure they have a copy of each plan for their reference.
The deadlines set by teachers for summative assessment items must be adhered to by the students.
Teachers will give at least 7 days notice of deadlines.
Non-attendance at summative tasks without medical certificate/prior negotiation will result in ‘0’ (zero) score awarded.
Procedures In Cases Of Illness
If the student is ill, or there exists some other extenuating circumstances, a phone call by the student or close relative should be made to the school as soon as possible.
Medical certificates are to be given to the Principal on arrival back at school. Extended illness does not mean failure. A number of mechanisms exist to cope with this. Early consultation with the Principal is essential so the most appropriate solution can be decided.
The social and emotional wellbeing of young people in schools has been linked to the academic outcomes of their schooling. Muirden Senior College will provide students with a supportive and nurturing environment as a foundation for intellectual physical, moral and spiritual and aesthetic development.
Classroom management will be effective, sensitive and appropriate for the education programme. Muirden Senior College has embraced and promotes ‘values based education’ and education for responsibility so we have a policy and a framework for appropriate behaviours in the classroom, school and in the community.
Muirden Senior College will foster values of tolerance, respect for one another, courage and compassion.
Student Responsibilities and Requirements
Students are required to:
In the event of a breach of the Behaviour Management Policy (Student Code of Conduct) the following may occur (some steps may be dispensed with depending on the severity of the breach)
All children have a right to be safe and protected from harm.
This college’s objective is to provide a safe and caring environment at the college and at places where college activities are undertaken to assist students to develop and reach their full potential.
Muirden Senior College will comply with legislative requirements on student protection, including the Children’s Protection Act 1993 which governs children under the age of 18. This includes requiring teachers, the principal and other mandatory notifiers to promptly report to Families SA via the Child Abuse Report Line (131478) any suspicion on reasonable grounds that a student has been or is being abused or neglected.
Inappropriate behaviour includes, but is not limited to:
Prevention and Preparedness
In support of the college’s commitment to child protection we have developed a range of support and monitoring strategies both immediate and long term.
All staff in accordance with the Child Protection Act are trained and aware of their obligation by law to notify the Families SA via the Child Abuse Report Line (131478) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child has been or is being abused or neglected.
In the case of suspected abuse it is the personal responsibility of a mandated notifier to report suspected abuse – it is not the responsibility of their supervisor, principal or employer.
Grounds for notifying suspected abuse or neglect may include the following:
Actions to be made by notifier:
Muirden Senior College promotes an environment of friendliness, genuine concern for students, staff and community safety. We aim to ensure the safety of staff, students, visitors and the wider community in the event of an emergency/critical incident occurring.
An Emergency/Critical Incident is an unforseen occurrence which requires sudden and urgent action. This may include, but not limited to, events such as:
Prevention and Preparedness
Action and Responses During Critical Incidents
Assess danger identify immediate risks and threats to life – aggressor, medical, environmental hazards, fire
Raise the alarm – inform critical incident management team:
The critical incident management team will convene. When safe to do so, evacuate and remain in designated area, account for and supervise students.
All follow instructions given by principal, and or, the critical incident management team.
Response After Critical Incidents
A student who drives a motor vehicle unsupervised, must, at minimum, be the holder of a P1 Drivers Licence.
A student must not
Drive a vehicle or attempt to put a vehicle in motion while so much under the influence of intoxicating liquor, as specified in the Road Traffic Act 1961 , or prohibited drugs, as to be incapable of exercising effective control of the vehicle.
If the student is under 18 years of age, approval from the parent/caregive must be obtained if the student wishes to travel as a passenger in another student’s motor vehicle or motorcycle, to and from the school.
The school does not provide parking facilities on the premises.
Both short and long term parking facilities are available in locations adjacent to the school.
Muirden Senior College allows students access to its computer network and online facilities such as Internet and email. Muirden Senior College also allow students use of electronic devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones or walkmans/diskmans/ipods. Students have unrestricted access to the college facilities and other electronic devices on the basis that the use is only for acceptable and ethical purposes.
What students should do
Students using the computer network and other electronic devices will comply with the following acceptable and ethical purposes.
Other electronic devices
Arrange with subject teacher for mobile phone to be on during lesson time
use walkmans in a manner that does not disturb others or as requested by the subject teacher.
Ethical purposes means that students are not allowed to breach standards of common decency, or manners, and must not break any laws. Ethical behaviours may include but are not limited to the following:
What the college will do
If in the College’s opinion a student has used the computer network and other electronic devices:
Students should also be aware that Muirden Senior College will cooperate with the police, and other authorities, in any investigation relating to the illegal uses of the computer network or other electronic devices.
Network Privacy and Security Issues
Students should be aware that their electronic communication and work created via the college’s network is not private, and that Muirden Senior College may access their work.
This extends to:
So that Muirden Senior College can comply with its obligations under law, Muirden Senior College reserves the right to screen student’s files and work to ensure that the computer network is being used for acceptable purposes and in accordance with this Policy.
In addition, student’s files may be assessed by Muirden Senior College’s system administrators as part of normal maintenance procedures. “Normal maintenance” includes spot checks to ensure that inappropriate materials, or words subject to another person’s copyright, are not being kept in private folders and inappropriate Internet sites have not been visited.
Students should not do anything via Muirden Senior College’s computer network which may possibly jeopardise their personal safety either at college or outside college.
In particular, students:
In addition, students;
Limitations of Liability
Students will be allowed access to the computer network as part of curriculum work. It is not practical that every student will be supervised individually when using the computer network and Muirden Senior College expects students to act responsibly and sensibly when using the computer network.
Muirden Senior College does not accept any liability which may result from any student’s unacceptable or unethical uses of the computer network.
Excursions are a valuable part of the learning experience. Teachers are encouraged to make use of these, especially where these can be undertaken within the city precincts.
For the purposes of this policy an excursion is defined as any activity undertaken outside of college premises for a specific educational purpose.
Excursions undertaken within ordinary lessons – on foot and in the local area.
Excursions undertaken within ordinary lessons – transport other than by foot.
Excursions requiring students to miss other classes.
Excursions out of college hours.
If the student is under 18 years of age, parents/caregivers must be informed and approval may be required if an excursion will be undertaken during out of college hours.
Excursions necessitating overnight accommodation
If the student is under 18 years of age, parents/caregivers must be informed and approval will be required if an excursion is held over a period where overnight accommodation is needed.
Medical forms must be completed and returned to the office before a student is given final approval by the Principal to attend the excursion.
The grievance procedures included here are designed to provide students and parents with an opportunity to raise matters of concern about their interaction with the students and staff in an environment which facilitates due consideration of these concerns.
Muirden Senior College is committed to maintaining an effective, timely, fair and equitable complaints handling policy which is easily accessible.
The following principles apply to our complaints handling:
Grievances are characterised by conflict and/or a breakdown of communication and respect between two or more persons resulting in unhappiness, friction or stress.
For a grievance with another student
Step 1: Try to reach a resolution with the other party using discussion.
Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to a teacher who will:
If the teacher is unable to reach a satisfactory outcome:
Step 3: Report the grievance to the principal who will:
For a grievance with a teacher
Step1: Try to reach a resolution with the teacher concerned using discussion.
Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to the principal, not another teacher , who will:
For a grievance with the principal
Step 1: Try to reach a resolution with the principal using discussion.
Step 2: If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, report the grievance to a member of the Board of Directors who will: