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7. Pastoral Care: Welfare and Discipline Policy

Discipline Procedures

Class teachers, Home Group teachers and Leaders of Learning work closely with the Welfare Team who monitors the Discipline Levels System. Sanctions and levels may be imposed in conjunction with or independent of one another. Students whose standard of work and/or behaviour is inappropriate or needs improvement may be given a level and may also be given one of the following sanctions:

Detentions

Lunchtime Detentions

A staff member may place a student on a lunchtime detention for the following breaches:

  • Incorrect uniform
  • Grooming issues: breaches of College rules regarding makeup, jewellery, hair etc.
  • Student out of bounds during class or lunchtime
  • Late to class, Home Group or study
  • Playground misbehavior
  • Chewing gum

In Class Detentions

Classroom Teachers conduct detentions for students in their class.

After School Detentions

Students who receive three or more detentions for the same reason in one term, or fail to show up for their Lunch Time Detention on 3 days without a valid reason, will be required to attend an After School Detention.  Parents will be informed of after school detention by letter or email.   Parents are reminded, in this situation, to arrange transport home for their son/daughter at 4.30 p.m. after he/she has completed the detention.

Take Home Detention Tasks

Students who are placed on  a Level 1, 2 will initially be given a chance to complete the Detention task at home. On the day of the detention, the student will be given a note from the relevant member of staff outlining the nature of the offence, the teacher who has recommended the detention and the subject e.g. English.  The note will also provide the nature of the written task to be performed. Parents should supervise the task on the day that the detention is given, read the task and sign the note attached to the detention task.  The detention task is in addition to normal set homework for that night. The student must take the signed note and detention task to the Student Services Office before Home Group of the following day.

Student Behaviour Plan

Student Behaviour Card is issued as a response to a student who continues to exhibit behaviour of concern. Students may remain on the card for two weeks or longer if the student’s class cooperation does not show consistent improvement. The aim of the card is to allow for feedback on behaviour and application to learning. The student will remain on the card until they can own their behaviour, take steps to improve and show they are responsible for their actions.

The Behaviour Card is monitored by the Welfare Coordinator and or the Assistant Principal and is signed by the parent/caregivers each night.

The Student Behaviour Card and Progress Report can be used to gather information in response to concerns about poor behaviour or academic progress.

Student Withdrawal

Withdrawal – means removal from normal class situation, and from all other students.

The withdrawal of a student from class is to allow time for the student to reflect on their behaviour and learning. This time may be spent in self-regulating emotions, goal setting, completing class work or an opportunity to meet with the Welfare Coordinator, School Counsellor, Inclusion Coordinator or other educational or health worker.

  1. Students to Complete Set Work
    A student who is withdrawn from normal class because of poor work ethic or inappropriate class behaviour, is to complete his/her set work for one or more lessons.
  1. Behaviour Modification
    Student who is on a Positive Behaviour Management plan may be required to complete work and apply designed strategies to help the student to modify their behaviour.
  1. In School Suspension
    A student who is on an in-school suspension will have their progress monitored closely by the Welfare Coordinator and the Assistant Principal so that class work is completed.