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College Expectations and Procedures

1. General

In a Catholic community, such as De La Salle Catholic College, there should be an underlying philosophy of care, based on respect for one's self and for others. At all times our behaviour should reflect a caring and respectful attitude to our peers, to the College, our families and the community. This attitude could be identified in behaviour which is courteous and honest, shows awareness of others, and is characterised by striving to reach one's potential, thus resulting in a positive school spirit. Expectations, rules and procedures are reflections of this underlying philosophy and are the day-to-day applications of this spirit.

2. Involvement

The College curriculum has been developed to challenge every student to reach his potential. Thus he has the opportunity to develop his talents to the fullest, both in the classroom and in other school activities. Students are expected to do their very best and to take pride in their achievement.

Any behaviour or attitude which limits the opportunity to succeed for the individual or for others is to be avoided. Students are expected to be involved in activities which meet their skills, including representing the College.

3. Uniform

Correct College uniform is to be worn at all times, including while travelling to and from school. It should be neat, clean, complete and worn with pride. The College cap may be worn throughout the year. However, caps are not to be worn inside College buildings. Blazers are compulsory during Terms 2 and 3 and may be worn depending on the weather during the other terms.

4. Sports Uniform

Each Thursday students are to wear the College sports uniform. Students are not permitted to wear combinations of normal school uniform and sports uniform.

If a student does not have the correct sports uniform, he is to wear his full school uniform. No variations to the College sports uniform will be accepted.

5. Grooming

  • Hair must be neat and clean and of natural colour. Extremes of length and fashion are not acceptable.
  • Hair should be above the collar and off the ears, as well as above the eyebrows.
  • Steps, undercuts, rats' tails, pony-tails, scalp designs or shaved heads (less than a No. 4 blade) are not permitted.
  • Excessive gel, mousse or spray are not to be used in hair.

Students of all ages should always be CLEAN SHAVEN. Jewellery is not part of the school uniform, this includes bracelets. Earrings are not to be worn.

6. Attendance at School

Regular attendance is a legal requirement (Education Reform Act 1990) and is a specific condition of the awarding of the Higher School Certificate. Students must satisfy attendance requirements and show evidence of progress in their study in every subject to be eligible for a Higher School Certificate.

  • Special days that occur during the year such as Sports Carnivals and Founder's Day are an important part of the education offered at this College. Students must attend these days as they would normal school days. Absences on Special Days are recorded specifically in a student's file for future reference. Medical Certificates are to accompany the note explaining absence on these days, as with any day.
  • Parents must telephone the College by 8.30 am on the day of their son's absence and explain the absence in writing on the day their son returns to school.
  • Necessary medical and dental appointments should be made outside school hours, if possible. Thursday afternoons, in particular, are to be avoided.

Any requests for extended leave must be made in writing to the Principal. A form is available from the office.

Leave during the day

If a student needs to leave school during the day, parents should make the request in writing to the appropriate Year Coordinator. Usually leave will not be granted to do messages, banking etc. If permission is granted, then the student will take the form given by the Year Coordinator to the Office so that he can be signed out. This will be recorded in the student's diary.

Late for School

A student who arrives late for school must report to the Office to have the lateness recorded in his diary. He will be provided with a printed "late slip" which he must present to his teacher before joining the class. Continued lateness to school will result in an afternoon detention.

7. In the Buildings

  • Students should always display courtesy to others by keeping noise to a minimum in class and in their movement between classes.
  • No food or drink should be consumed in buildings. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden at the College.
  • Classroom furniture is to be arranged neatly; desks should be moved only with the permission of the teacher. Students should fill places from the front of the room. At the end of the period, desks and chairs should be left neatly according to the usual room layout. All litter is to be placed in the bins provided.
  • During the Homeroom Period, students are required to ensure that their Home Rooms are tidy, with rubbish placed in bins and chairs are placed on desks for cleaners, windows closed and locked and lights turned off. Any damage is to be reported to the Home Room Teacher.
  • Damage to School property, vandalism by students will result in a repair/replacement charge being made to the family.

8. Student Movement at the College

To ensure that the best possible environment is provided at the College, the following directions must be observed:

  • Staff areas in the Administration Building are out of bounds to all students. Contact with staff may be arranged through the student counter at the Front Office.
  • The Office area is out of bounds except for the student counter before and after school and during recess and lunch time. Students require a permission note in their diaries to enter the office.
  • During recess and lunch, no students are to be in classrooms.
  • Students are required to wait for teachers in the yard between classes. They should do so quietly. Games are not permitted at this time. Students are to assemble in two lines in the designated areas in the yard.
  • Students are not permitted to go to the toilet or to have a drink during class time. Exceptions to this rule due to medical reasons must be approved by the Principal.
  • Students who are ill are to report to the Student Office with a note in their diary from their immediate teacher.

9. In the Yard

For the safety of the students and the tidiness of the yard, the following directions must be observed:

  • All ball games and activities must remain in allocated areas only.
  • Students are to observe the "Hands Off" rule at all times.
  • Rubbish is to be placed in the bins provided.
  • Visitors are not permitted onto the property, unless they have first reported to the Office and have the approval of the Principal or Assistant Principal.
  • Students should never be in the yard without a teacher during class time or at Recess and Lunch.
  • Senior students with study periods should work in the designated classroom or Library..
Yard AreaUse of Yard Area
AmphitheatreIndoor Soccer / Cricket
Bottom YardHandball/basketball
Middle YardHandball/wallball/basketball
Top YardHandball / Indoor Soccer 2015
CourtyardPassive area

 

NO STUDENTS ARE TO BE IN CLASSROOMS DURING WET WEATHER

10. To and From School

Students should always remember that they represent the College when travelling to and from School. Often this is the only contact the community has with the College. Students should enter buses or trains in an orderly manner, allowing the public to enter and be seated first; noise should be moderated and bags should not block the corridor.

Where students need to wait for public buses, such as at Five Dock, every effort should be made to minimise inconvenience to local shops and Passers-by. Students are not to trespass on private property, while walking to the Railway Station or waiting at bus stops.

Students are to travel directly to and from School. They are not permitted to congregate at bus stops, railway stations or shopping ce'ntres waiting for friends. In the afternoon, school specials must be used in preference to public services on the same route.

Only Year 12 students who have completed the Permission to Drive Form are allowed to drive vehicles to and from School. This permission may be withdrawn if a lack of care in driving is shown. No student may drive another student's car or be a passenger in another student's car without parental permission.

Students are not allowed to enter or park in the school yard without the specific permission of the Assistant Principal. Students authorised by the Yr 12 Coordinator to drive to school, are to park in the surrounding streets, obeying all traffic and parking regulations. Students are not to park in Bland Street and should park in streets at the back of the school (Alt Street).

11. Homework

Revision at home is an important aid to learning at School. Regular homework will be set in all subjects and students need to develop the habit of personal study.

The College offers the following as a guideline for the average student:

Years 7 and 8:1 - 1.5 hours per night
Years 9 and 10:1.5 - 2.5 hours per night
Years 11 and 12:3 hours per night

 

Details of homework are to be recorded in the College Diary and signed each week by parents. Close monitoring of Homework and Study by parents is extremely important. Students are expected to fill in the diary each lesson.

12. Communication

For most students, two official reports are produced each year outlining their academic and pastoral progress. Interim reports and parent-teacher interviews are available. Parents concerned about their son's performance are invited to contact the Year Coordinator or Subject Teacher at any time.

The College Newsletter is produced fortnightly (Wednesday). This important method of communication is received electronically by the parents. The newsletter is also available on the College website.

In most cases the College Diary is the most appropriate way of communicating with the Subject Teacher or Year Coordinator. Homework is to be recorded for each lesson of the day. There is no such thing as no homework and this comment should not be recorded in the diary by students.

13. Discipline

A student's behaviour should be based on self-discipline so that his responses are appropriate even when no authority is present, for example, when a student is travelling to and from school. However, when a student fails to meet the expectations of the College, a number of methods of discipline need to be introduced.

Detentions are held after school. They are monitored and supervised by a teacher. A detention form regarding the misbehaviour is issued to the student and a note is placed in the Student diary. Both are to be signed as acknowledgement by a parent.

Conduct report cards are used to monitor the progress of students who have experienced continual behavioural problems in class or in the yard. These cards record the performance of the student during each class over a specified period of time.

Suspension, from school or from class, is used for serious offences or for continuing failure to meet the College's expectations regarding behaviour.

Parents will always be informed of these matters and invited to assist in overcoming the problem.

14. Notes

Additional to those in the Student Diary are to be dated and signed by parents and should include a phone contact number for a Paren/Guardian.

15. The Library

This is a place of quiet, active and purposeful learning. Playing games on any computer is strictly forbidden. Students using the Library for a study period must first sign in atthe desk. No student is permitted to leave the Library during the period without a teacher's permission.

16. The Internet

Students are requested to read the Internet Agreement on the student's home page. Inappropriate use of the Internet or school technology will result in the student's access being withdrawn.

17. Property

All property, whether one's own, the school's or other students', should always be treated with respect. Care should be taken not to damage desks or chairs, and graffiti should not appear on books, bags, etc.

  • Chewing gum is strictly prohibited in the College as it causes unsightly stains which are expensive to clean.  Any student caught chewing gum will be recorded and when cleaning is required will be required to pay part of the bill.
  • Students are forbidden to bring non essential items of technology to the College. 
  • From time to time technology devices will be permitted for use within a class. The class teacher may approve the use of specific technology to enhance student learning.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used by students at school during school hours (8.30am-3.00pm).
  • Urgent messages for students should always be communicated through the College Office. Students are able to use the College phones only in cases of emergency.
  • Valuables or large amounts of money, should not be brought to school. Students should take every precaution to avoid loss of property, especially by keeping special items such as calculators and computers on their person. When cash is brought to school, such as for payment of fees and excursions, it should be deposited at the first opportunity at the School Office. All monies must be placed in an envelope clearly marked with the student's name, class, amount enclosed and reason for payment.
  • All articles of clothing are to be marked with the students name.

18. Drugs, Weapons, Smoking and Alcohol

To ensure the safety of all students, the possession and/or use of drugs, alcohol and weapons is FORBIDDEN at school or whilst students are in school uniform or attending official College functions. This is a condition of enrolment.

It is an offence (Summary Offences Act 1988) to carry or be in possession of knives or such implements. Students who do not obey this legal request will be referred to the appropriate authority. This is also a condition of enrolment. Implements required by students for the various subjects, e.g. leather cutting implements, will be supplied by the school under teacher supervision.  Students who do not meet the College expectations in this area will be asked to leave the College.

19. Tobacco

Possession of cigarettes, lighters and/or matches is forbidden. This is a condition of enrolment.

20. Assemblies

A College Principal's Assembly is held three times a term to recognise special achievements and to share in celebration. All students are expected to give their full attention to the proceedings and to recognise individual student's efforts in the appropriate manner.

21. Safety

With a large number of students occupying a relatively confined area, it is important that we always have the safety of ourselves and others in mind. No items of a dangerous nature should ever be carried by students of De La Salle Catholic College.  Care should be taken carrying bags over shoulders and in closing and opening doors and windows.

With some subjects there are special safety requirements and students should take extra care to remember and follow these safety directions. These subjects include Technology subjects, Science and Physical Education.