If a student is absent from
school, parents are asked to telephone (9825 9955) the School
Secretary or fax (9825 9966) the school before 8.45 am, so that
teachers can be informed. A note of explanation must be brought to
the student's Pastoral Care Teacher on the day of his/her return to
school. A note is also required for partial absences. Such notes
must give a full explanation of the reason for the absence and be in
the parent's own hand writing, signed and dated. Medical
certificates are required for student absences from examinations,
assessments, picnic days, sports days, retreats etc.
a. Phone the school so that
your class teachers can be notified
b. On your return to school, see your class teacher to see when or
if a substitute task will be done.
Students who become ill
during the day must report to their Pastoral Care teacher or if they
are unavailable, to the appropriate Year Co-ordinator. Minor
injuries are treated at school and where necessary, office staff
will contact parents to arrange for students to go home or to
receive treatment. If necessary, an ambulance or doctor will be
called immediately. No student will be permitted to leave school
until a parent/guardian has been contacted.
a. On the day you get the
detention form show it to your parents. Have one of them sign the
return slip at the bottom of the form.
b. The slip is to be handed in on the afternoon of the detention to
the supervising teacher.
c. Report to Room B2 at 3.00 pm on the day of the detention. Remain
there in silence until dismissed.
- YOUR PARENTS AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR
Students are expected to be
in attendance at College every day and participate in all
activities, Retreats, Sports Days, Pastoral Care Days etc. for the
duration of each school Term. Only in extreme circumstances will
permission be given for a student to return late or leave early for
Term vacations or to be absent during Term. Such exceptional
requests should be made in writing to the Principal well in advance
for their consideration.
The school has a zero
tolerance policy towards bullying and harassment as each student at
the College has the right to feel safe, happy and wanted. For that
reason, any student who is in any way involved in an incident of
bullying or harassment of another student, will be dealt with
severely. Bullying or harassment of another student will not be
tolerated. Students who experience any form of bullying should
inform their teachers.
Chewing gum causes an
enormous amount of damage to uniforms and school property. For this
reason it is banned. Students caught will be subject to 3 cleaning
detentions for each offence.
A newsletter is available
online every second Friday. This newsletter forms a vital
communication link between school and home as it contains items of
relevance for students and parents.
Counselling can be arranged
through the school for students who need assistance with personal
problems. Students can arrange for an appointment to talk to the
School Counsellor through their Year Co-ordinator, Pastoral Care
Teacher, and Subject Teacher or in extreme circumstances, by making
direct contact with the Counsellor.
YOUR DIARY IS A VITAL
• Students are to carry their diary with them to all lessons and
when going to the Library or Resource Centre.
• Diaries are a means of communication to parents, as well as a
record of work set.
• Diaries are a Work-Book, and must not be decorated, graffitied,
etc. They are NOT a repository for personal reflections or notes to
other class members. Any teacher can check them at any time.
• Students who fail to maintain their diary in the correct manner
will be charged $15.00 for a replacement.
• Diaries will be checked by pastoral teachers to ensure they are
being used as prescribed. If this is NOT the case, the student
presents the diary to the teacher daily until they can prove to be
• On the right-hand side page, all subjects are to be entered for
each day, and the homework given is to be written in. If no homework
is given, you are to write “N.H.” (no homework) and write in what
was covered in class.
a. Bring a parental note
stating why and when you need to depart.
b. Show the note to your Pastoral Care teacher; keep the note.
c. When leaving class, show the note to your class teacher.
d. Report to the Office, hand the note in and have one of the
clerical staff sign you out.
YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL GROUNDS UNLESS YOU HAVE A
NOTE OR A PARENT SIGNS YOU OUT.
The College does not permit
the use of mobile phones, walkmans etc. anywhere in the school
premises. The College accepts no responsibility for any loss or
damage to electronic equipment, and students are therefore advised
not to bring electronic equipment to the College. Any student who is
caught using such equipment during school time will have the item
confiscated, and parents will need to collect it from the college
a. Sign in at the Office and
have your diary stamped / obtain a late slip.
b. Show your diary / late slip to your teacher.
At the beginning of each
school year, each student is assigned a personal locker. The locker
remains the property of the College and if necessary the student may
be requested to open the locker for inspection at any time. While a
locker is on loan to a student, it is the student's responsibility
to keep the locker clean and locked for security.
of Bus Pass
Contact the assigned bus company
(currently Interline / Transit Systems) directly
and pay for a new pass.
for Fees or Excursions
a. Seal the money in an
envelope with your name, Pastoral Care class and what it is for (eg.
School Fees) clearly printed on the front.
b. Put the envelope in the Fee's Box in the Office.
interviews are held during semester one and semester two as per the
school calendar. These events are given high priority in the school
year as they provide opportunities for parents and staff to meet and
discuss each student's progress. The interview session runs as
advertised and operates on 5- minute time slots. Students liaise
with their teachers to make specific interview times that are
suitable for parents and teachers.
Talk to your Pastoral Care
teacher. If they can't help, they can direct you to someone who may
be able to.
Report to the Duty Teacher.
Carry out the task and have the Duty Teacher sign your diary.
Drugs and Alcohol
Smoking is prohibited while
wearing the school uniform or on the school premises or on a school
outing or activity. Parents will be notified of the breach of this
rule. Students who are in the company of others who break this rule
will be regarded as equally guilty in aiding and supporting the
smokers. As a consequence all students in this group will therefore
be liable for the same penalties.
The taking, buying, distributing or organising the distribution of
drugs or the consuming of alcohol on the school premises, at school
activities or in school uniform is forbidden. The school reserves
the right to take the most severe disciplinary action with any
student involved in any of the aforementioned activities.
All students are expected to
take part in the sporting activity program of the College. When
unable to participate:
a. Have a parent write a note in your diary giving the reason.
b. Show to your Pastoral Care teacher during PC on Tuesday.
c. At the start of Sport, report to the place the Sports
Co-ordinator tells you.
Talk to your class teacher or
the subject Co-ordinator.
Students travelling on public
transport are expected to move between home and the College
directly, catching the first available bus, not waiting for friends
or breaking their journey. On arrival at the College, students must
move into the supervised areas. Once at the College students must
not leave the grounds without permission and must not congregate
around the bus bays.
Large sums of money and other
valuables should not normally be brought to the College and the
College accepts no responsibility for them. However, if valuables
need to be brought to the College students should take them directly
to the College office for 'safe' keeping.
at the College:
Community of Good Samaritan Catholic College believes that the staff
work in partnership with parents in order to provide students with
the best possible education. In order to enhance the education of
students it is essential that communication occurs at regular
intervals. The college staff will communicate with parents through
College Newsletter - The College Newsletter will be produced
biweekly each term. Newsletters will be
available online at the end of
each odd week of term. (Generally this will be Week 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
and when appropriate Week 11)
Student Diaries – Staff will communicate with parents via the
student diary. This form of communication is convenient and
efficient. Staff will use diaries to regularly acknowledge success,
modify behaviour and keep parents informed. Parents should sign the
diary weekly to acknowledge communication.
Formal Letters to Parents – Staff will write to parents if
issues are of major concern. Parents are encouraged to respond to
correspondence at the earliest possible time after receipt of the
Phone calls to Parents – Staff are encouraged to contact parents
if there are concerns about students or students are deserving of
Parents are encouraged to contact the staff of the college should
there be any concerns. They should make contact with the teacher
concerned in the first instance and if this does not prove
successful they should contact the appropriate coordinator. In the
case of a grievance the Good Samaritan Catholic College Complaints
Policy should be followed.